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Moussaka Recipe

Moussaka Ingredients

  • Moussaka Recipe
    Moussaka Recipe

    3 eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices

  • salt
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fines herbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • salt to taste
  • ground white pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

How to make Moussaka

  • 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 9×13 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).
  • Moussaka is ready to serve.

Prep Time:45 Min
Cook Time:1 Hr
Ready In:1 Hr 45 Min
Servings: 8