Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 1 hr
Bake: 50 mins
- 2 eggplants (1 lb. each), cut lengthwise 1/4 inch thick
- Salt and pepper
- 3 sheets lavash bread
- 3 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slabs
- 3 tablespoons EVOO, plus more for brushing
- 2 pounds plum tomatoes, quartered and seeded
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 pound lean ground lamb or beef
- 1 teaspoon herbes de provence
- 2 1/2 cups jarred marinara sauce
- 2 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
- 2 cups Creamy White Sauce
- Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees . As you layer the eggplant in a colander, sprinkle lightly with salt. Let stand in the sink for 20 minutes, then pat the eggplant dry (do not rinse).
- Meanwhile, trim the lavash to fit a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Toast the lavash in the oven on baking sheets until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Arrange the zucchini on a greased baking sheet, brush lightly with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
- Arrange the eggplant on the baking sheet; brush lightly with EVOO. Arrange the tomatoes on a second sheet; drizzle with 2 tbsp. EVOO. Roast the vegetables until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool. Reduce the oven heat to 400 degrees .
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the garlic in 1 tbsp. EVOO until golden. Add the lamb and herbs and cook over medium-high heat, crumbling up the meat, until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups marinara.
- Grease the baking dish and add the remaining 1 cup marinara to the bottom, tilting to coat. Add a layer of toasted lavash. Spoon the lamb mixture on top; sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Add another layer of lavash, 1/2 cup white sauce, the zucchini, 1/2 cup cheese and the tomatoes and their juices. Add a final layer of lavash, spread with 1/2 cup white sauce, then top with the eggplant. Spread with the remaining 1 cup white sauce.
- Cover the dish snugly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese and bake until golden and bubbling, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
- Middle Eastern flatbread is just thin and soft enough to add body and heartiness. We got so into it that we tried it with the classic Greek moussaka ingredients: eggplant, tomatoes and lamb.