Greek Moussaka – Almost

We’re experiencing our first blast of blustery weather — The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in Minnesota; wind gusts at 60 mph.  We were going to fire the kiln today; but NOT in this howling windy weather.

Instead, I have a taste for something hearty and satisfying — I feel like making a big batch of Greek Moussaka.

The Food – Short-Cut Moussaka

I love an authentic Greek Moussaka — One of the first ‘complicated’ dishes I ever learned to make.

A lovely layered dish with a sauce of ground lamb (or beef), tomatoes and spices, including cinnamon; layered between slices of sauteed eggplant; topped with a layer of creamy ricotta sauce seasoned with nutmeg.  Baked to a golden perfection — A wonderful combination of flavors!!

And soooo much work — Especially, sauteeing all those eggplant slices and then draining them on paper towel, and then assembling everything….

Alas, I seldom have time for all of that — Instead, I’ve created a ‘Short-Cut Moussaka‘.  Just as tasty, but certainly easier — I can quickly whip up a batch after a day of throwing and trimming pots.

Very simply, I make the sauce — Ground lamb, tomatoes and spices.  Then, I cut up the eggplant into small cubes and saute in olive oil (much easier than slices and more slices).  I mix the sautéed eggplant right into the meat sauce.   Then serve over rice or pasta – Such as Orzo (a Greek Pasta).  I then top with crumbled feta cheese.  It’s ‘almost’ the same as the baked version (actually, I sometimes miss the nutmeg).

Find the recipe — On my Recipes Page.

The Pottery — New Pasta Plates:

I’ve been experimenting with some new Pasta Plates — Handbuilt, irregular form, with a very constructional ‘overlapped’ statement.  These have been so much fun to make, but I’m still working on a preferred glaze/design.  For now, they provide the perfect presentation for a hearty, earthy serving of my Short-Cut Moussaka with Orzo.

And the winds are still roaring outside!!

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One thought on “Greek Moussaka – Almost

  1. Marcia-
    I think the stripes with the angles created by the overlapping sections of clay work really well together. They are strong and unified. I like them as they are in terms of design. I could see the pattern in other glaze/slip combos….

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