September 19, 2007

zucchini layered "lasagna" / "moussaka"

zucchini layered _lasagna_ - _moussaka_

What happens when your husband plants too many zucchini plants and lets them grow to be huge puppies?

You get creative, is what happens! I made a dish of layered zucchini slices and meat in tomato sauce, baked with cheese on top.

But the question that begs to be answered, is this a "lasagna" or a "moussaka"?

According to the dictionary...

Lasagna is a dish made by baking such pasta with layers of sauce and fillings such as cheese or meat.

Moussaka is a dish consisting of layers of ground lamb or beef and sliced eggplant topped with a cheese sauce and baked.

So, no pasta or eggplant here. What the heck is my concoction? Maybe I should come up with my own word?

Hmmmmm... Zusagna? Zussaka?

This ones a toughie! Any thoughts?


zucchini layered "lasagna" / "moussaka"

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
500 grams or 1 pound lean or extra lean ground beef
1 tbsp brown sugar (unless your tomato sauce or pasta sauce is slightly sweet)
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Can of tomato or pasta sauce
Medium size zucchini, cut into slices
Shredded cheese of your choice, I used cheddar.

Brown ground beef, garlic & onions. Add sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt & pepper. Stir in enough tomato sauce, reserving some to put on the top zucchini layer. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.

Slice up zucchini into thin slices and layer into a 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan. Put a layer of meat sauce. Continue to layer zucchini slices and meat sauce. Put a last top layer of zucchini slices and add the reserved tomato sauce.

Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with Cheddar Bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.


Kate said...

Looks very delicious! I would give it a try as my husband doesn't like zucchini when I just throw them with other veggies, but this sounds like it do it for him! Thanks!

Candace said...

That looks delish! I think its more of a lassaka... :)

PS... I'm a tad jealous of your garden! My 'garden' consists of a slightly dead parsly plant and a completely dead basil plant.

Amy.E said...

Hello! Stumbled across your blog a bit ago and have been peeking in from time to time, but will now make my presence known with a comment since I can't resist submitting a name suggestion for your inventive about Mouszanga? Sounds tasty! Am really enjoying your recipes and fab photos!

Maki said...

Lassaka and Mouszanga. All very rightfully good names. If it catches on, we'll have to trademark :)

candace: The hubby has the great green thumbs. I'm very lucky but sometimes its tiring trying to keep up with the nonstop produce!

Amy: Hi, glad you stumbled by. Peek in any time :)

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