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Greek Moussaka Recipe

Greek Moussaka Recipe

2019-01-21
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Learn How to make Traditional Greek Moussaka. This dish is so rich and full of flavor. Layers of potatoes, eggplants, meat and béchamel sauce. Great dish for holidays and parties. Not recommended on a diet ;)
DIFFICULTY
Medium
YIELDS
10
PREP TIME
2 hours
WORK TIME
40 minutes
RECIPE CUISINE
Greek
INGREDIENTS FOR YIELDS

  • 3 medium – large eggplants
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 700g (24.7 oz) minced beef
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 260g (9.2 oz) Tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (240ml) beef broth or 1/2 cup (120ml) red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1L (4.2 cups) milk
  • 120g (4.23 oz) butter (1 stick + 1 tsp)
  • 120g (4.23 oz) flour (1 cup – 2 tsp)
  • 85g (3 oz) parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Vegetable oil for frying
DIRECTIONS

1. Prepare the vegetables: slice the eggplants into 1cm thick. Season with salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Meanwhile peel the potatoes and slice them.

2. Wash the eggplants well and pat them dry. Fry the eggplants and potatoes until golden. Transfer to a paper towel to get rid of access oil. For a lighter version place the eggplants and potatoes in a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake and golden.

3. Prepare the meat mixture: heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add crushed garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes more.

4. Add the meat and cook, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink. And salt, pepper, cinnamon and thyme, stir well. Add tomato paste and stir. Add bay leaf, tomato sauce and stir well. Add beef broth, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

5. Prepare the béchamel sauce: heat 1 litter of milk. In a medium saucepan over low heat melt butter, when the butter is melted, add flour and whisk continuously, until smooth paste forms. Gradually add the warm milk while continually whisking to prevent lumps. Whisk until the sauce is smooth and thick. Remove from heat and add pinch salt, black pepper, nutmeg, parmesan and egg yolks, whisk until smooth.

6. Preheat oven to 180C (360F).

7. Assemble the moussaka: add 4-5 tablespoons of the béchamel sauce to the meat mixture and mix. Layer the potatoes in a 13"X8.5" (33X22cm) ovenproof dish, then layer half of the eggplants. Pour the meat mixture and spread evenly. Layer the remaining eggplants and pour the béchamel sauce. Grate some parmesan on top.

8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 45 minutes before cutting.

COMMENTS (10)
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    Pascha
    5/15/2019

    Made this today, following your recipe. Halved the quantity as we are family of 3 and baked the potato and eggplant instead of frying. It was delicious! I am definitely going to be making this more often. :D Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

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    Judith
    4/18/2020

    What temp. to bake eggplant and potatoes if not frying?

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    Ann
    3/13/2020

    Such a pain to make, I wanted to give up halfway but at last I finished it. It was tasty and hearty, kinda like lasagna but way better. Would make again.

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    dalit levi
    8/28/2022

    great recipe, thanks

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    Claudia
    2/12/2023

    Spiegata molto bene e veramente ottima!!

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    Antrea
    4/24/2024

    You could prepare the mince meat a day earlier let it cool and keep it in the fridge until next day, take it out an hour before to come in room temperature, that's the way i do it and make things a bit easier ;)

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    Helah
    5/16/2024

    I did make the meat the night before. I baked my sliced potatoes with a thin coating of olive oil and salt and pepper. Cooked at 400 for about 40min. They came out alittle crispy, some of them which I ate and quickly made some more to cook with my eggplant. My oven only has one shelf. it Is baking now. I can't wait! The bechamel was pretty easy to make too. Recipe does take time.

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    Maria Katsanevas
    5/16/2024

    I wanted to say your recipes are very authentic. I’m Greek and find many recipes on line are not even close to what we cook in Crete. But yours are right in. Great job.

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    The Cooking Foodie
    5/18/2024

    Hi Maria, Thank you! That's because I always research traditional recipes before I start testing. By the way, I was on vacation in Crete 2 years ago and loved it!

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