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Mediterranean Delight: Layered Moussaka Magic


About the Dish:

Moussaka is a traditional Greek dish consisting of layers of eggplant, ground meat (typically lamb or beef), and a creamy béchamel sauce. It is then baked to perfection, resulting in a delicious and hearty meal. The dish is flavorful and rich, with the eggplant adding a unique texture and taste. Moussaka is a popular dish in Greece and is enjoyed by many around the world.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 550mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 8g
Protein 25g


Ingredient Quantity
Eggplant 2 medium
Ground lamb or beef 1 pound
Onion, chopped 1 medium
Garlic, minced 3 cloves
Canned tomatoes, crushed 1 can (14 ounces)
Red wine 1/2 cup
Cinnamon 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon
Béchamel sauce 2 cups
Olive oil 2 tablespoons
Salt To taste
Black pepper To taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice the eggplants lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle salt on both sides of the slices and let them sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the eggplant slices and pat them dry.
  • Step 2: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until they become translucent. Add the ground meat and cook until it is browned. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Step 3: In a separate saucepan, prepare the béchamel sauce. Melt butter over medium heat, then whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in salt and pepper.
  • Step 4: In a greased baking dish, arrange a layer of eggplant slices. Spread a layer of the meat sauce on top. Repeat the layers, finishing with a layer of eggplant slices. Pour the béchamel sauce over the top.
  • Step 5: Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Allow the moussaka to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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