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Shortcut Moussaka

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Servings: 6
Categories: Casseroles / Ethnic / Haven't Tried / Lamb / Low-Carb / Main Dish

3  tablespoons  olive oil, divided
1/2  small  onion, chopped
2  cloves  garlic, pushed through a press
1 1/2  pounds  ground lamb, lean
1/2  cup  red wine
1  tablespoon  tomato paste
1  cup  tomato sauce, carboydrate-controlled, such as Rao
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1  dash  ground cloves
1  medium  eggplant, peeled and sliced diagonally in 1/4" slices
6  ounces  cream cheese
1/4  cup  cream
1/4  teaspoon  nutmeg
1/4  cup  Feta cheese

1. Heat oven to 425F. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook onion 3 minutes until soft; add garlic and lamb. Cook lamb 5 minutes, until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Drain off fat; stir in wine, tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

2. While sauce is cooking, prepare eggplant. Brush slices with remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned and softened. Flip slices halfway through cooking time.

3. In a small saucepan, cook cream cheese, cream and nutmeg just until cream cheese melts; whisk until smooth. Set aside.

4. Heat oven to 350F. Oil an 8" or 9" square baking pan. Spread a thin layer of meat sauce on bottom. Layer half the eggplant slices on top; cover with half the remaining meat sauce and half the cream sauce. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Bake 20 minutes until cheese starts to brown. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Moussaka is a delicious one-dish-meal. The trouble is that it used to take hours to prepare. Our low carb version is a lot faster than traditional recipes, but just as good.

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