Pasta: Croatian Vegetable-Cheese Mousaka

posted by SandyH 09-08-100 7:46 PM

Croatian Vegetable-Cheese Mousaka

2 chopped onions
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs. sliced mushrooms
1/4 Cup dry white wine
3 Tbsp. tamari soy sauce
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 zucchini, sliced into 1/2" rounds
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp water
3 Cups (1 1/4 lb) grated feta cheese
6 lightly beaten eggs
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 Cups tomato juice
2/3 lb. lasagne noodles
1/2 Cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Saute onions until translucent. Add mushrooms and saute. Mix in wine, soy sauce, herbs, and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, brush zucchini slices with oil and bake 10 minutes at 450 F, until tender but still firm.

When the mushrooms have browned and released their juices, remove from heat, stir in cornstarch, and return to heat, stirring, until thickened. Remove.

Combine feta, eggs, and pepper in a bowl. Oil a deep 12" square baking pan. Coat the bottom with 1/2 Cups tomato juice. Arrange a layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 Cup tomato juice, half of the mushrooms,
an overlapping layer of zucchini, and all the bread crumbs. Continue to layer 1/3 Cup tomato juice, noodles, the rest of the juice, the rest of the mushrooms, and top with the feta mixture. Sprinkle paprika over the mousaka and bake at 350F for 45 minutes until golden and bubbly. Allow to set for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Source: Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant.

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