Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paleo moussaka with squash and coconut sauce (dairy, gluten, sugar free)

Making moussaka without sour cream is quite challenging because the point of this casserole dish is to get a very creamy, milky taste to the potatoes. I used to make this for my dairy allergic child with bechamel sauce.  This sauce worked fine because at the time we still ate gluten. But when that too went out the window I had to try other things to make this work.
What I came up with was the mighty squash. We have a lot of  Hokkaido squash this fall in our garden and they are extra starchy and when baked and blended they can give a nice creamy texture. So to make a sauce that would bake well I mixed this squash puree with some coconut milk and garlic (of course) and the sauce was great.

You can bake a larger amount of squash, puree it and store it in the fridge for multiple use in a course of a couple of days. It will keep.

  • 1/2 kg of ground meat (pork/chicken/etc.)
  • 1/2 small Hokkaido squash (baked and pureed)
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 5-6 large potatoes
  • 10 dkg sliced bacon
  • 1 dcl tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano, basil leaves
  • lard

  • Heat one spoon of lard in a skillet and add in the sliced onions and meat. Gently fry for 15 mintues, sttiring.
  • Wash thoroughly whole potatoes, with skin and place in water and boil until cooked.
  • In a small skillet put in the tomato paste, add 1 dcl of water, squashed basil and oregano leaves and squashed garlic. Salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In a small skillet put 1 dcl of coconut milk and add in the squash puree. Mix well and add in the garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stack the moussaka in the order: potato slices in the first layer, then the meat and cover with half of tomato sauce. Then again the potato, meat, tomato and finish with potatos.
  • Cover the casserole with squash sauce and put some bacon on top.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 C.
As one end remark this can be made (and was made) with sweet potatoes also. In that case you don't need to precook the sweet potatoes just slice and stack.

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