Theme: Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon
Dishes: Lebanese Moussaka
For Day 2 of blogging marathon, I picked my favorite ingredient and made this delicious Lebanese eggplant dish that I bookmarked long time ago. I made another hearty & comforting Lebanese dish for the mega marathon and mentioned about how I wanted to try this Lebanese Moussaka dish from a local Middle Eastern restaurant.
It so happened that we went to that restaurant a few weeks later and my husband ordered their Lebanese Moussaka and he really liked it. That is a really big compliment coming from an ex-eggplant-hater. It sure was very very tasty and I decided it was time to try the dish at home.
It is fairly simple dish to make and unlike the Greek moussaka, this one is vegetarian and does not need to be baked in the oven. The addition of pomegranate molasses gives this dish a very interesting flavor profile — the recipe says it’s optional, but I would highly recommend adding it to give the dish that Middle Eastern flair. I bought a bottle from Whole Foods couple of months ago with no particular dish in mind and finally got to use it in this dish.
All in all it is a very hearty & filling dish with tons of flavor. It can be served with couscous or pita bread, but I served it with some rice and lavash bread for a yummy lunch.