Wednesday, June 13

welcoming winter with a greek feast...

main course served...moussaka w goats milk fetta greek salad
...delicious skordalia served with fresh crusty baguette
making the moussaka...layering the salted eggplant
blending the potato, olive oil & garlic to a smooth paste...making skordalia

moussaka, lasagne, shepherds pie, spinach pie, roasts, risotto, hearty ragu pastas..all of these are desired foods in the chilly months (for me), along with many others!

i had three guests coming for sunday lunch and moussaka kept springing to mind...then the greek theme took place.

our greek lunch menu...
entree...skordalia (potato & garlic dip) w fresh crusty baguette
pan fried haloumi with lemon wedges
black mammoth olives
greek made olive oil rusks
main...goats milk fetta greek salad
moussaka
dessert...quince & buttercake pudding with thickened cream

recipes are under the below various images...

skordalia...made and ready to serve
on the table...
recipe for skordalia...ingredients 1kg peeled potatoes, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tblspns white wine vinegar, 1 tspn lemon juice, 1 egg yolk, 1 tblspn salt flakes + extra-virgin olive oil/cracked black pepper to serve
method...cut potatoes in cubes and boil in saucepan until tender, drain.  in a large mixing bowl electric mix the potatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice with salt until smooth.  add the egg yolk and further mix until well combined.  add to your desired serving bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil & cracked pepper.
greek made 'olive oil rusks'...served with olives & skordalia
pan fried haloumi with lemon
entree...grilled haloumi, skordalia, olives & crusty baguette
washed down with beer & chardonnay...

moussaka resting after being oven baked...
recipe for moussaka...ingredients 2 lrg thinly sliced eggplants, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1kg lamb mince, 1 chopped onion, 1 btl passata, 1 tsp allspice, 1/2 cup water, handful chopped parsley, 80g butter, 3tblspns plain flour, 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup grated pecorino.
method...preheat oven 180.  in a lrg pot brown lamb mince, onion & allspice.  once browned add passata & water and allow to simmer for approx 30 mins.  add parsley and season to taste.  in a large oven dish layer the meat first with layers of thinly sliced salted eggplant.  in another small saucepan make your white sauce using the butter, flour, milk, egg & part grated pecorino, salt/pepper.  when thickened, pour over the top of the last mince layer, top with more grated pecorino, salt/pepper and bake for approx 45 minutes.  i like to bake a little longer to ensure the eggplant is cooked through.
greek salad with goat milk fetta & dried oregano
served...moussaka with greek salad

baked quince ready to be added to pudding mixture
recipe for quince & buttercake pudding...ingredients 2 eggs, 125g butter softened, 1 cup of sugar, 2 cups SR flour, 2/3 cup of milk, 1 tspn vanilla extract, 3 quince peeled & quartered, 2 cups of water, lemon juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla bean
method...in a saucepan boil quartered quince with water, lemon juice, sugar & vanilla bean until tender & syrupy.  leave aside & cool.  preheat oven to 180ºC.  combine all buttercake ingredients in a bowl & beat on low for approximately 3 minutes until well combined.  in a shallow greased baking dish evenly spread the syrupy quince quarters.  pour over the top the buttercake mix.  bake in a moderate oven for approx 30 minutes or until brown.  serve with thickened cream or if you can get your hands on it...clotted cream!
quince & buttercake pudding with thickened cream
...pudding time

23 comments:

Michelle said...

oh what a feast! It all looks so delicious and convivial.
x

4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle said...

YUM! Dessert looked amazing, actually EVERYTHING looked amazing!

Kirstyx

john@heneedsfood said...

I wish I was one of those guests! Man, what a spread. Would you believe I've never cooked with quince! That pud sounds delish!

Kate Sins said...

What a feast! I'm so inspired to make moussaka now. Call me slow - but I didn't realise that's what went in it. I had in my mind there were gazillions more ingredients.

What a way to welcome the winter!

greenbeen said...

Thanks Michelle...we certainly like convivial!

greenbeen said...

Thks Kirsty...dessert was delicious! Love love quince!

greenbeen said...

John once u cook with quince u will never go back and u will be excited when it first comes into season! I always am...

greenbeen said...

kate moussaka is such a winner for the whole family! And I have to say I now crave skordalia too!

mady dooijes said...

i feel like moussaka now, i haven't made it for a long time. missing you my darling friend. xxx

...Tabiboo... said...

Oh yum - that looks absolutely delicious.

Nina x

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