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Provided by Bobby Flay

Time 3h15m

Yield 6 to 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 29

1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup Greek extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound ground lamb
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, cored, and thinly sliced
1 serrano chile, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1 (28-ounce can) plum tomatoes, pureed until smooth with their juices
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
Honey, if needed
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1 1/2 pounds eggplant, cut crosswise into 14-thick slices
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup soft goat cheese
1 cup grated Romano
1 lemon, zested


  • For the lamb: Soak the currants in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a 6-quart saucepan over high heat. Add the lamb, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cayenne, and salt and pepper and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a large strainer set over a bowl and drain; discard any liquid left in the pan. Return the pan to the heat and add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the serrano and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Return the lamb to the pan, add the wine, and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost completely evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree and currants and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in the parsley and oregano and season with salt and pepper and honey, if needed. Remove from the heat.
  • For the eggplant: Heat the canola oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season the eggplant slices on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add the eggplant slices and fry until tender and lightly golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the eggplant slices to paper towels.
  • For the bechamel: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until pale and smooth, 2 minutes. Still whisking constantly, add the milk and bay leaf and cook until thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg and discard the bay leaf. Let the sauce cool for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, goat cheese, and lemon zest and whisk into the bechamel sauce until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart baking dish or casserole dish.
  • To assemble: Put half the eggplant slices in the dish and cover with half the meat sauce. Top the sauce with the remaining eggplant slices, and then the remaining meat sauce. Pour the bechamel over the top of the meat sauce and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle Romano evenly over the top, place the dish on a baking sheet, and bake until browned and bubbly, 45 to 50 minutes. Top with more chopped parsley, if desired. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.


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My take on traditional moussaka. The beauty of this recipe (besides great taste) is it's ability to freeze (and defrost) so well, with no loss of flavour, making it ideal for OAMC (once a month cooking). Note: Greeks do not eat their food piping hot out of the oven - especially in the summer heat. Food is served just warm or at room temperature (but cooked that day - otherwise it is reheated to freshen it). Flavour is more pronounced at this temperature.

Provided by evelynathens

Categories     Meat

Time 2h20m

Yield 8-10 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 23

1/4 cup olive oil
2 lbs ground beef or 2 lbs ground lamb
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped ripe olives, preferably kalamata (optional)
15 ounces seasoned tomato sauce
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups hot milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup grated kefalograviera cheese (use Parmesan if unavailable)
2 lbs eggplants
olive oil, to brush on
2 -3 potatoes (cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds or long slices, enough to cover bottom of baking pan in 1 layer)
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup kasseri cheese or 1 cup white cheddar cheese
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs


  • In large, heavy saucepan, heat 1/4 cup oil; saute finely ground meat, onion and garlic until lightly browned; add oregano, basil, cinnamon, salt, ripe olives (if using) and tomato sauce; Cover and simmer slowly about 30 minutes; uncover and simmer slowly another 30 minutes.
  • While sauce simmers, prepare Bechamel Sauce (recipe below) and eggplant; cut ends from eggplant (1 large or 2 small) and cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices (if using large, flask-type eggplant, peel the skin off in strips with a vegetable peeler - creating a striped look - with some of the peel left on and some off. If using Japanese-style (the longish, purply-white ones), don't bother to peel at all); Place on a cookie sheet and brush with remaining olive oil; Place under broiler and broil until light brown; Remove from oven, salt lightly, turn eggplant and repeat process; Then position rack in center of oven and heat to 350 degrees.
  • There are three ways you can prepare the potatoes for this delicious casserole: 1) shallow-fry potato rounds in olive oil until golden-brown or, 2) for fewer calories, arrange the potato slices in your baking pan, brush lightly with olive oil, bake for 15 minutes, continue with assembly, or 3) if you want to cut calories further, parboil them for 8 minutes; drain well on paper towels.
  • To assemble: In 13x9x2-inch baking dish, arrange layer of potatoes, overlapping slightly, season lightly (there will be only one layer of potatoes, so use them all up); next, do a layer of eggplant; sprinkle some Parmesan, kaseri (or cheddar) and bread crumbs over eggplant; layer meat sauce, freshly grated cheeses, crumbs and Bechamel Sauce until all is used; bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees or until flecked golden-brown on top.
  • To make Bechamel Sauce: In saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; whisk in flour and cook slowly until smooth and lightly cooked (2-3 minutes); add salt and remove from heat; add milk, whisking rapidly and return to heat; cook until thick and bubbly, whisking constantly; allow to cool 5 minutes, whisking once in a while to prevent a skin from forming; incorporate eggs and grated cheese with wire whisk to make fluffy sauce.
  • Freezer Notes: Once the baked moussaka has completely cooked, cut serving-size pieces, double-wrap in foil and freeze. Defrost in the usual manner and reheat in microwave (or oven) for a delicious, quick meal, when there's little time to cook and dinner is ready and waiting in the freezer!

Nutrition Facts : Calories 628.5, Fat 37.8, SaturatedFat 15.5, Cholesterol 158.6, Sodium 1279.6, Carbohydrate 38, Fiber 7.6, Sugar 8, Protein 35.3


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Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Categories     main-dish

Time 2h35m

Yield about 6 to 8 main course servi

Number Of Ingredients 24

2 large eggplants (about 2 3/4 pounds), unpeeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus to taste
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups whole, peeled, canned tomatoes (with puree), roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano


  • Bake the eggplant: Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with the oil and lay on 2 small or 1 large foil-lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake until the eggplant is soft, about 25 minutes. Set aside covered.
  • Make the meat sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the beef, oregano, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. Break the meat up into small pieces and season with the 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring, until just cooked but still slightly pink inside, about 1 minute more. Add the tomato and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cover, and cook until the sauce is thickened and fragrant, about 20 minutes.
  • Make the custard sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the milk, salt, and nutmeg. Return to the heat and while whisking constantly, bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and stir to cool. When the sauce is cool, whisk in the egg and yolks.
  • Assemble the moussaka. Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a 9 x 13 x 2-inch casserole dish with the oil. Scatter the breadcrumbs over the bottom of the pan. Lay half of the eggplant in the pan, overlapping the slices if needed. Cover with half of the meat sauce and smooth with a rubber spatula. Repeat with the remaining eggplant and meat sauce. Pour the custard sauce over the layered mixture and smooth with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with the Pecorino Romano and bake, uncovered, until lightly browned and the custard is set, about 1 hour.
  • Remove the moussaka from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to serve.


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This traditional moussaka is truly the best, and just as authentic as any you'd try in Greece! While it takes a bit of time, it's actually quite simple to make. Kali orexi! (Bon appetit!)

Provided by Anonymous

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     European     Greek

Time 2h50m

Yield 8

Number Of Ingredients 18

4 eggplants, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch slices
salt to taste
4 cups milk
1 stick butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 egg yolks, beaten
7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 onions, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon white sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Sprinkle eggplant slices with salt and place in a colander set in the sink or over a plate. Let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour so the salt can draw out any bitterness.
  • Meanwhile, make bechamel sauce. Heat milk in a saucepan almost to a boil. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until a smooth paste forms. Lower heat and gradually pour in hot milk, whisking constantly until bechamel sauce thickens. Season with salt. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Rinse eggplant slices under cold running water. Squeeze out liquid and pat dry with paper towels. Whisk egg yolks into the cooled bechamel.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet and cook eggplant slices in batches until each side is lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on a large plate lined with paper towels.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  • Heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Cook grated onion until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef. Cook and stir until browned and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Season with allspice, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook until all excess liquid has evaporated and mixture appears dry, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in parsley and remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the egg white.
  • Arrange a layer of eggplant in the prepared baking dish. Cover eggplant with all of the beef mixture and sprinkle with 1/3 of the Parmesan cheese. Cover with remaining eggplant and sprinkle another 1/3 of Parmesan cheese on top. Pour bechamel sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the moussaka is set and golden, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven and let rest at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 628 calories, Carbohydrate 35.3 g, Cholesterol 172.8 mg, Fat 44.2 g, Fiber 11.2 g, Protein 26.2 g, SaturatedFat 18.5 g, Sodium 718.3 mg, Sugar 16.7 g


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Here is a great recipe for moussaka, a Greek dish. It includes sliced eggplant baked in a ground beef sauce and then smothered in a thin white sauce.

Provided by PEGGY AYSCUE

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     European     Greek

Time 1h45m

Yield 8

Number Of Ingredients 23

3 eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound lean ground beef
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
2 onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon fines herbs
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
1 egg, beaten
4 cups milk
½ cup butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
salt to taste
ground white pepper, to taste
1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Lay the slices of eggplant on paper towels, sprinkle lightly with salt, and set aside for 30 minutes to draw out the moisture. Then in a skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. Quickly fry the eggplant until browned. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the ground beef, salt and pepper to taste, onions, and garlic. After the beef is browned, sprinkle in the cinnamon, nutmeg, fines herbs and parsley. Pour in the tomato sauce and wine, and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool, and then stir in beaten egg.
  • To make the bechamel sauce, begin by scalding the milk in a saucepan. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Lower heat; gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. Season with salt, and white pepper.
  • Arrange a layer of eggplant in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover eggplant with all of the meat mixture, and then sprinkle 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over the meat. Cover with remaining eggplant, and sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Pour the bechamel sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts : Calories 567 calories, Carbohydrate 29.1 g, Cholesterol 123.1 mg, Fat 39.4 g, Fiber 5.4 g, Protein 23.6 g, SaturatedFat 18.3 g, Sodium 1017.4 mg, Sugar 14.1 g


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Our take on this classic Greek casserole uses a mixture of ricotta and feta cheeses instead of the conventional white sauce, which is made from butter, flour, and milk.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Meat & Poultry     Beef Recipes     Ground Beef Recipes

Time 1h

Number Of Ingredients 15

Butter, for baking dish
1 large eggplant (2 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
7 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef or lamb
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (9 ounces) ricotta cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup (4 ounces) feta cheese, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter a 4-quart ovenproof dish. On a baking sheet, toss eggplant with 6 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer, and roast in the oven until soft and golden, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer eggplant to prepared dish, spreading in an even layer.
  • In a large saucepan, warm remaining tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and ground meat; cook, stirring to prevent sticking, until meat is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in drained tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer, crushing tomatoes with the edge of a spoon, 15 minutes. Spread the mixture evenly over the eggplant.
  • Heat broiler. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, feta, egg, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture over the casserole, and spread evenly to the edges. Broil until topping is browned in spots, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.


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Make our easy moussaka for an instant crowd pleaser. This classic Greek dish of layered thinly sliced potato, aubergine and lamb is topped with a creamy béchamel sauce.

Provided by Esther Clark

Categories     Dinner, Main course

Time 2h45m

Number Of Ingredients 19

6 tbsp olive oil
3 medium aubergines, cut into 5mm rounds
800g lamb mince
1 onion, finely chopped
2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
3 heaped tsp dried oregano
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bay leaves
200ml red wine
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
½ tbsp light brown soft sugar
550g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and sliced into 5mm rounds
40g unsalted butter
40g plain flour
450ml whole milk
40g parmesan, finely grated
whole nutmeg, for grating
1 large egg plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten


  • Heat a frying pan over a high heat. Drizzle 4 tbsp of the oil over the slices of aubergine and fry them in several batches for 5-7 mins or until golden brown and beginning to soften. If they look a little dry during cooking, add a dash more olive oil. Set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the mince and fry for 8-10 mins until a deep golden brown, regularly stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon. Tip into a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the casserole. Tip in the onion along with a pinch of salt and fry gently for 10-12 mins or until softened and turning translucent. Add the garlic, oregano, cinnamon, chilli and bay cooking for a further min. Return the lamb to the pan and pour in the red wine, bring to a bubble and reduce the wine by half. Stir through the tomatoes, tomato purée and brown sugar, along with 200ml water. Season. Lower the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 20 mins, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180 fan/gas 4. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the potato slices and cook for 6 mins, drain in a colander and leave to steam dry for 10 mins.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan, stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat for 1 min. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk, pouring in a bit at a time, until smooth. Return to the heat and bring to a simmer, cooking for 3 mins. Remove from the heat and whisk through the parmesan, a little grated nutmeg and some seasoning, and finally the whole egg as well as the yolk.
  • Take a large rectangular ovenproof dish. Spoon a third of the meat into the dish and spread out evenly, followed by half the aubergine and half the potato, then the rest of the meat and another layer of aubergines, followed by potatoes. Finish with the béchamel, smoothing the top over with a palette knife. Put in the centre of the oven and cook for 50 mins or until deep golden brown. If it browns too much during cooking, cover the dish. Set aside for 10 mins to cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 516 calories, Fat 31 grams fat, SaturatedFat 13 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 24 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 9 grams sugar, Fiber 5 grams fiber, Protein 28 grams protein, Sodium 0.37 milligram of sodium


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Less work than traditional moussaka and gluten-free, our Greek-style bake of potatoes and aubergines layered with lamb mince is topped with crème fraîche

Provided by Miriam Nice

Categories     Dinner, Lunch, Main course, Supper

Time 1h5m

Number Of Ingredients 10

4 medium-sized potatoes
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
1 red onion, sliced
500g lamb mince
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp mixed spice
500g carton passata
2 aubergines, cut into slices
300ml tub crème fraîche
140g cheddar, grated


  • Boil the potatoes whole for 20 mins or just until tender. Drain and allow to cool.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil and the onion. Cook until softened, then add the lamb. Fry the mince for 5 mins or until cooked through and starting to char. Add the garlic and spice, and stir in the passata. Bring to a simmer, then season to taste, take off the heat and set aside until needed.
  • Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Warm a griddle pan over a high heat and brush a little oil over the aubergines. Grill for 2-3 mins each side or until char lines appear. You may have to do this in 3-4 batches.
  • Once cool enough to handle, cut the boiled potatoes into thick slices. Put 1 tbsp oil in the base of a deep ovenproof dish and start with a layer of potatoes, then aubergines, a sprinkling of seasoning, then a layer of the lamb mixture. Repeat until all the mixture is used up, ending with a layer of aubergines. Spread the crème fraîche over the top and scatter with the cheese. Put in the oven for 10 mins or until the cheese is golden.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 624 calories, Fat 46 grams fat, SaturatedFat 25 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 23 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 9 grams sugar, Fiber 7 grams fiber, Protein 27 grams protein, Sodium 9 milligram of sodium


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Moussaka (or Moussakás as it is pronounced in Greek)needs no introduction as it is now considered one of Greece's national dishes and is probably, by and large, initially responsible for making Greek cooking so popular. This recipe, however, will make you compare all the Moussaka you have ever tried and they will, as unlikely as it may seem, fall short in comparison - it really is that good. Straight from my own dinner table, on Zakynthos Island, Greece, to yours. Any questions? Feel free to contact me. Wishing you kalí órexi - bon appetit, Maria

Provided by Chef Maria

Categories     One Dish Meal

Time 2h

Yield 8-10 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 27

1 kg ground beef, minced 3 times
1 large ripe finely chopped tomatoes
1 large grated onion
4 finely chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup condensed tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups water
2 large medium sliced eggplants
5 -6 medium peeled and sliced potatoes
2 tablespoons grated spicy hard yellow cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
light vegetable oil (for frying)
2 well beaten eggs
200 g margarine
10 tablespoons plain flour
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 -4 tablespoons very spicy grated hard yellow cheese
8 cups cold milk


  • Before starting anything it must be noted that Moussaka, in every Greek home, is made in 3 'stages'. The preparation of the meat sauce, the vegetable cooking and layering and finally the bechamel cream.
  • Pour the oil into a deep large pan and heat it slightly. Crumble the minced beef into the oil together with the onion and garlic. Brown everything well, stirring constantly so the beef does not clump. Pour in the wine and allow everything to boil until the wine evaporates. Add the fresh tomato, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper and stir regularly while waiting for the tomato to soften well. Pour in the tomato juice, stir everything and allow it to cook and thicken. Finally, pour in the water and, over a medium flame, allow the sauce to cook until the beef is tender and the liquids have evaporated by at least 2/3 and the sauce is thick.
  • Cut the eggplants into medium slices and soak them in salted water for 1 hour before your commence your sauce so everything will be more conveniently timed. This soaking removes the bitterness in the eggplant skins and also helps them not to absorb so much oil while frying. Remove the eggplants from the eater, strain them well and then dry them on a kitchen towel to absorb any excess water. Fry the potato slices and then strain them on kitchen paper. Oil your moussaka plan with the tablespoons of olive oil and created a layer with the fried potatoes taking care not to leave any gaps. Fry the eggplants and again strain them on kitchen paper and place then in a layer on top of the sliced potatoes. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the grated cheese on the eggplant layer.
  • Strain the meat sauce of any excess oil (otherwise your moussaka will be too greasy) and then pour it evenly on top of the eggplant. Sprinkle the sauce with the 2nd tablespoon of grated cheese and then prepare your Bechamel Cream.
  • This is an age old recipe handed down from mother to daughter, in my family, and then finally from my mother down to me. I strongly recommend that you avoid the temptation to adjust it as the extraordinary delight you will get when you taste it atop of traditional country moussaka, will leave an aftertaste that will linger in your memory for days.
  • Melt the butter in a pot, over a low flame, and add the flour stirring with a wooden spoon until the flour and butter combine to make a roux. Quickly add the 4 of the cups of milk and keep stirring with a whisk until the mixture becomes almost creamy and when it starts to thicken a lot, add the remaining milk and the beaten eggs (after the milk). Continue stirring until everything has combined evenly and is a thick creamy texture - this may take some effort (if you have lumps, use an electric hand mixer in it for a couple of minutes and they will dissolve). Add the sugar, mix it in well, the salt, pepper, cinnamon and cheese and mix everything well until it acquires its creamy texture again. Allow it to bubble over a low flame for about 1 minute, while stirring constantly. If your cream is too thick, add a little more milk or water and stir it in well until it obtains the desired thickness. If, on the other hand, your cream is a little too thin, let it stand for about 5 minutes and it will thicken as it cools, and then use it.
  • Pour the Bechamel cream evenly on top of the meat sauce and add the dabs of margarine to the surface of the cream in various places. Bake the moussaka in a medium preheated oven at 180ºC - 350ºF, for about 30 minutes, or until the cream unevenly gently browns in places. Allow the moussaka to cool for about 20 minutes and then cut it into servings.

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Method. Put the lamb, onion, garlic, oregano, mint, bay and cinnamon in a large heavy-based frying pan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring with a …

In a large pot, sauté the onions on medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the carrot, then add the extra lean beef mince and cook until brown. Once cooked through, add the tomato diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock and oregano. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the sauce has reduced.

The epitome of Greek comfort food, moussaka (pronounced moo-sa-ka’a) is a hearty eggplant casserole with a juicy, flavor-packed meat sauce nestled in, and finished with a topping of rich bechamel sauce. There are variations of eggplant moussaka, some using additional vegetable layers including potatoes or even zucchini squash. Other recipes, as they …

Calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, cholesterol, and more for Moussaka ( President's Choice). Want to use it in a meal plan? Head to the diet generator and …

Moussaka can be frozen before baking but it should not be topped with the béchamel sauce. ( Egg-free béchamel sauce can be frozen separately, but there are egg yolks in this sauce recipe.) If you just need half of the servings, make the full recipe but use two smaller baking dishes instead of a large one.

Moussaka is a traditional Greek food, served in almost every restaurant in Greece. Every chef has his own touch of this dish. If I remember well, I first tried moussaka in this beautiful country. And I was so delighted! Wow, such and easy combination of beef or lamb with tomatoes, eggplant and the white sauce. But it is full of flavor, filling and great for enjoying for …

Moussaka is not an everyday dish–it is baked as a special treat for guests and family on festive days. An exotic version of lasagna, without the pasta, moussaka is exceptionally healthy due to the abundance of vegetables used in the dish. It is commonly cut into squares and served warm, not hot, as the dish needs some resting time in order to firm up.

Moussaka is undoubtedly one of the most popular dishes in the Balkans and although all nations on the Balkan peninsula have their traditional versions of moussaka casseroles, the authentic Greek moussaka recipe is one of the most popular ones. This Best Greek Moussaka is the perfect comfort food!

Add in the chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until thick. When the lamb sauce and aubergines are ready, layer up your moussaka: first put half the lamb sauce in the base of a casserole dish or cast iron pan, next add a layer of aubergines, then the rest of the sauce ...

Resting time 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan-forced). Flatten the capsicum halves with the palm of your hand, then place, skin-side up, on baking trays lined with foil and grill ...

Making Moussaka 1 day before cooking and serving is another option for busy people (if you have a fridge that fits the pan, otherwise, divide recipe and pan size in half or to two thirds). Just make sure you start baking it at a lower temperature ( 200 °C / 392 °F c for example) for an extra 10-15 minutes and then bring the heat up to 230 °C / 446 °F and cook for another …

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In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and brown the ground beef and sausage until no pink remains. Add the onions and garlic and continue to cook until the onions are soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, all the seasonings, the bay leaf, and the wine. Stir to combine.

Moussaka is an eggplant-and/or potato-based casserole dish, that traditionally also includes ground meat, that is popular in the cuisine of the Levant, Middle East, and Balkans. What is the origin of moussaka? Indeed, along with traditional recipes like Greek salad, fasolada or pastitsio, moussaka is known all over the world as the quintessential Greek dish. What is …

Prawn Cocktail Years recipe moussaka. Photograph: Felicity Cloake. What most, if not all moussakas have in common is a tomato sauce – indeed, according to the Oxford Companion to Food, the name ...

Bake the moussaka for 30 minutes, or until bubbling. Preheat the broiler. Broil the moussaka in the center of the oven for 2 minutes, or until browned. Let …

Assemble the Moussaka: Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom of a 32cm/12.5in baking dish. Add half of the eggplant then add all of the meat sauce. Top with the remaining eggplant, the bechamel sauce and a generous handful of Parmesan. Bake: Place in the oven and allow to bake for 45-60 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.

Method. Preheat the oven at 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. For the lamb sauce, heat two teaspoons of the oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic and fry until just beginning to …

GREEK-STYLE MOUSSAKA RECIPE - BBC FOOD. From Cuisine Greek Category Main Course Servings 6. For the lamb sauce, heat two teaspoons of the oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic and fry until just beginning to brown. Add the minced lamb and fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes. Slice the stalks off the aubergines and cut them lengthways into …

The wonderful Akis Petretzikis has a fantastic moussaka recipe using baked vegetables instead of fried to make it that little bit lighter. Delicious layers ...

Moussaka Food And Wine information. All the information you need about wine and winemaking.

Arrange in single layer on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush both sides with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in 450°F (230°C) oven, turning once, until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Béchamel Sauce Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk in flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute.

The ultimate Greek comfort food is moussaka and they do a great version here. If you want a vegetarian option that fills you up, get this carbohydrate laden Egyptian dish with tomatoes, lentils, pasta and rice. What I really enjoyed were their falafel (RM19). This version uses fava beans that give it a lighter, fluffier texture which makes it very moreish. Dip it into …

Method. Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C). Cut eggplants into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; layer in colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Meat Sauce: Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook beef over high heat, breaking up with spoon, for 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Spoon off any fat.

Bechamel. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese and remove from the heat. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the eggplant in the remaining oil, a few slices at a time, about 3 minutes on each side.

One food historian claims a 13 th-century Arabic cookbook known as the Baghdad Cookery Book details a recipe which could very well be the ancestor of moussaka. Today, moussaka is a common dish in Lebanon and the Arab world, a version that consists of eggplants, olive oil, garlic, onions and tomatoes.

Based on the traditional Greek dish, this tasty moussaka is comfort food at it's best - a tasty lamb and tomato base, eggplant and cheesy sauce. Truly delicious. Jump to Recipe. This post may contain affiliate links, where we earn from qualifying purchases. See more details in the policy page. Comfort foods get their name for a reason - they tend to be really warming dishes …

To assemble the Moussaka: Lightly grease the base of a lasagne dish (2L capacity). Place half the cooked eggplant slices in a layer in the base of the dish. Spoon over the meat sauce. Place remaining eggplant slices over the meat sauce to cover. Pour over cheese sauce and sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and hot.

Heat the broiler. In a large stainless-steel frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.

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