Recipe Provided By"Cooking with Cocktail Rings"
3 HRS 30 min
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3/4 pound ground American Lamb
- 3/4 pound ground beef (80/20)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 medium eggplants, thinly sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1 cup shredded Gruyère
- 1 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
For the Meat Sauce: Heat a large pot over medium heat; add oil and heat through. Add onion; sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; continue to cook for an additional minute. Add lamb and ground beef; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Stir in tomato paste; add wine, cooking until wine is almost completely evaporated. Add tomatoes, bay leaves and cinnamon stick; stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Remove from heat; cover.
For the Béchamel: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add butter, allow to melt. Add flour, stirring to combine; let cook about 1 minute, to cook the flour taste off. Add milk; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low; continue to cook until sauce has slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, stirring to combine. Stir in Parmesan and salt until completely combined; remove the pot from heat, let cool for 5 minutes. Add the mixture to a blender with the eggs; puree until completely combined. Add back to the pot; set aside.
For the Eggplant: Lay eggplant out on sheets of paper towels; sprinkle with salt to drain for 30 minutes. Toss eggplant in oil; arrange in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Season with pepper. Bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown and tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
To assemble: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Drain; transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain; set aside.
Spread 1 cup béchamel on the bottom of a 10-inch x 14-inch baking dish. Evenly arrange potatoes over the top; spread meat sauce over potatoes. Arrange eggplant in an even layer on meat sauce; spread the remaining béchamel over the top. Sprinkle with Gruyère cheese; bake at 375 degrees F until golden brown, about 1 hour.
Garnish with parsley; cut into squares to serve.
USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters
Internal temperature of 160°F
All Other Cuts
Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest