Lasaka describes a combo casserole between Musaka and Lasagne. It is a vegetarian dish, which leaves a lot of room for improvisation. Tomato sauce can be replaced with salsa or spaghetti sauce, spinach with peas and Mozzarella with Monterey jack cheese. It can be prepped ahead of time and stashed in he fridge until you put it in the oven.
1 round eggplant or 2 long (Japanese) eggplants
tomato sauce (or Salsa and hot sauce if you want to add heat)
1 purple onion
peas or spinach
Mozzarella or Monterey jack cheese
always add garlic, salt and pepper
Peel and cut eggplant into quarter inch slices
Dip slices in flour then in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs
fry in olive oil until golden brown
sauté onions in olive oil or butter
Place one layer of fried eggplant slices in baking dish
spread onions, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce or salsa, spinach or peas
repeat with second layer of everything
cover the whole dish with slices of Mozzarella or Monterey jack
add a top layer of sliced tomatoes
sprinkle with oregano
Here is deviation for carnivores: I call this Halasaka…
add a layer of Black Forest ham before you layer on the cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, serve hot and be gracious when the compliments and accolades start pouring in.
It’s delicious heated up the next day.
Wine: Cab Sav or Merlot or if you can find a Greek red wine