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Layered Greek Delight: Devourable Moussaka Madness


About the Dish:

Moussaka is a classic Greek dish made with layers of eggplant, ground lamb or beef, and a rich tomato sauce. It is topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and baked until golden and bubbling. This dish is flavorful, hearty, and perfect for a comforting family meal.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 25g
Saturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 90mg
Sodium 600mg
Total Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 10g
Protein 30g


Ingredient Quantity
Eggplant 2 medium
Ground lamb or beef 1 lb
Onion, chopped 1
Garlic, minced 3 cloves
Canned crushed tomatoes 28 oz
Tomato paste 2 tbsp
Red wine 1/2 cup
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp
Milk 2 cups
Butter 3 tbsp
All-purpose flour 1/4 cup
Breadcrumbs 1/2 cup
Grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup
Olive oil 2 tbsp

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice the eggplants lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle them with salt and let them sit for 15 minutes to draw out any bitterness. Rinse the eggplant slices and pat them dry.
  • Step 2: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté until they are softened. Add the ground lamb or beef and cook until it is browned. Stir in the canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes, then remove it from the heat.
  • Step 3: In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the all-purpose flour to create a roux. Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 4: In a greased baking dish, arrange a layer of eggplant slices. Spoon a layer of the meat sauce over the eggplant, followed by a layer of the béchamel sauce. Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used, ending with a layer of béchamel sauce on top. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • Step 5: Bake the moussaka in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden and the dish is heated through. Allow it to cool slightly before serving.

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