Meat and Matzo Casserole

Author: Canadian Living

The warm spiciness of cinnamon and cloves gently flavour this Passover casserole, which is perfect for hearty appetites.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2009

Ingredients

  • 8 sheets matzo bread
Filling:
  • 1 eggplant (1 lb/500 g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 eggs beaten
Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 jar (680 ml) tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Method

Filling: Peel and dice eggplant. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the salt; let stand in colander in sink to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Set aside.

In Dutch oven or large deep skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, in batches and breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Drain off any fat in pan.

Add oil to pan; cook onions, celery, garlic, eggplant, remaining salt, cinnamon, pepper and cloves, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 10 minutes.

Return beef to pan. Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) water; cook over medium heat until most of the water is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Stir in eggs.

Tomato Sauce: In bowl, stir together tomatoes, parsley, oil, cinnamon and ground cumin.

Fill large shallow dish with cool water; soak matzos just until softened but not falling apart, about 30 seconds. Pat dry on paper towel.

Spread half of the sauce in lightly greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Fit one-third of the matzos overtop. Spread with half of the meat mixture. Repeat matzo and meat layers once. Top with remaining matzos. Spread remaining sauce evenly over top.

Cover and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 558 mg
  • Protein 28 g
  • Calories 483.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Potassium 501 mg
  • Cholesterol 131 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 37 g

%RDI

  • Iron 39.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 27.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 8.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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