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Greek Style Moussaka

Greek Style Moussaka

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20 review(s) averaging 4.4. 80% would make again

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"Great recipe. I also did the salt/drain routine as outlined by sgrishka and would reiterate the need to watch the amount of oil used in the browning process, I actually used olive oil PAM. I didn't coat the eggplant prior to frying but will probably do it next time toe help bring out the character of the eggplant in the dish.

Also, I've never seen an 11x16 dish but my entire recipe fit in a 9x13x2 dish perfectly."

- SkibumWi

Ingredients

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3 md Eggplants
1/2 c Vegetable oil
3 lg Onions; chopped fine
2 lb Ground lamb; (or beef)
3 tb Tomato paste
1/2 c Red wine
1/2 c Chopped parsley
1/4 ts Ground cinnamon
Salt
Black Pepper; freshly ground
1/4 lb Butter
6 tb Flour
1 qt milk
4 Eggs; beaten until frothy
nutmeg; Grated
2 c Ricotta; or cottage cheese
1 c Fine bread crumbs
1 c Grated Parmesan cheese

Original recipe makes 12 Servings

Servings  

Preparation

Peel the eggplants and cut them into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Brown the slices quickly in 1/4 cup of the oil. Set aside. Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet and cook the onions until they are brown. Add the ground meat and cook 10 minutes. Pour off excess fat. Combine the tomato paste with the wine, parsley, cinnamon, salt and peper. Stir this mixture into the meat and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the mixture from the fire. Preheat the oven to 375F. Make a white sauce by melting the butter and blending in the flour, stirring with a wire whisk. Meanwhile, bring the milk to a boil and add it gradually to the butter-flour mixture, stirring constantly. When the mixture is thickened and smooth, remove it from the heat. Cook slightly and stir in the beaten eggs, nutmeg and ricotta. Grease an 11x16-inch pan and sprinkle the bottom lightly with crumbs. Arrange alternate layers of the eggplant and the meat sauce in the pan, sprinkling each layer with Parmesan and crumbs. Pour the ricotta sauce over the top and bake 1 hour, or until top is golden. Remove from the oven and cool 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve. The flavors in this dish really improve if you make it a day ahead.

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First attempt ! photo by HelenW HelenW

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This wonderful dish is both fragrant and tasty. For the best results use the best ingredients you can find. We used organic eggplants fresh from the farmers market, and all fresh locally grown herbs. It takes time to make but its worth it, and its pretty, and its a crowd pleaser. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

This enticing layered casserole dish has several components, so it's a bit time-consuming, but the various elements, even the entire dish, can be made in advance. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

The beauty of this recipe (besides great taste) is it's ability to freeze and reheat so well, with no loss of flavor. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

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We really liked this recipe! I followed it pretty close, just dusted eggplant with flour. Next time I think I'll use bread crumbs and fry eggplant to see if it comes out less mushy. Only problem was the mess I made in the kitchen!
Pattyirl329 2 months ago
Wow! I followed the recipe exactly as described with the exception of the meat (I used ground chicken) and it was delicious!! It's rich and creamy. Will definitely make this again.
kathyegignac 1 year ago
sgreffmn 1 year ago
Have made this twice now and enjoyed it even more this time. I served it with a Greek salad. Next time I may use oregano instead of the parsley.
Heatherferg 1 year ago
This was excellent. For some reason I had way too much of the ricotta and egg layer and only half would fit in the glass 9X13 pan I was using.
AntarcticCat 1 year ago
LOVED IT! Its always happily received and often requested. I just use more eggplant but we are all eggplant fans. Just lightly spray the pan with olive oil as eggplant will soak it up fast. Although I do increase the quantities of the meat sauce ingredients (wine, paste, parsley & cinnamon). Leftovers are just as yummy too.
Yatzabella 1 year ago
We used ground beef and had no troubles at all. Delicious and filling recipe that will make you feel like a true chef! Team up with someone and have him or her make the sauce on the side.
johnburke1 2 years ago
Quite tasty. Must make an additional crisp side cause the main dish has one texture, mush. I still enjoyed the flavors. Also, use fresh parm.
kcuedek 2 years ago
Came out great. Leftovers were even better.
Ilimab 2 years ago
Tasty and straight-forward. This is the best moussaka i've made, and the kids just loved it!
jennymaryt 2 years ago
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