I asked Rachel that question when she suggested it for dinner on Saturday. We had been flipping through our Greek cookbook, Opa, looking for ideas. (PS – You can win a copy of the cookbook – just check out our spanakopeta post – giveaway ends tomorrow so hurry!)
She told me it was the dish in My Big Fat Greek Wedding that the main character had to take to lunch as a kid.
I saw that movie a long time ago, so that explanation didn’t help me. If it doesn’t help you either, here you go:
It’s basically a Greek eggplant casserole. And a tasty one too!
The interesting flavor in this dish is cinnamon. I’m used to my cinnamon being in my dessert, namely apple pie or snickerdoodles- not in my dinner. But there is only a half teaspoon of cinnamon, lending a nice subtle touch of the spice.
We lightened up the recipe a little bit, not using butter or oil to brown the onions and meat. We also tried to “fry” the lightly breaded eggplant with cooking spray in a non stick pan but it just wasn’t working out too well. So we used just enough olive oil on the pan to coat the bottom of the pan.
If you like eggplant parmesan you’ll like this dish.
Greek cooking is definitely new in our household, neither of us having a lick of Greek in us (which is funny considering what mutts we are with our diverse ancestry). But with Greek dishes like this moussaka and last week’s spanakopeta under our belts we can confidently say we’ll be delving further into the Greek culinary world.
Do you have any favorite Greek dishes or recipes you would recommend?