Greek Moussaka

Greek Moussaka

Historians have always been fascinated by the Greek history and why not, it is one of the oldest known civilizations. The Greek cuisine itself dates back 4000 years when Archestratos wrote the first known cookery book. The cuisine is known for its use of olive oil in many dishes made with vegetables and meats. Some of the common vegetables used in Greek cuisine are eggplant or aubergine, okra, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes and onions while the usage of lamb, pork and poultry is common in the meat preparations. Some of the common known dishes from this Mediterranean region are Pita bread served with Hummus and other dips, Greek Salad, Gemista, Gyros, Moussaka and Baklava. Usage of wine and beer is also common in Greece while hand made cheese varieties like Feta & Mizithra are well known over the world.

For my preparation today I picked another of the famous recipes from the Mediterranean region, Moussaka. This dish is prepared in Greece, Turkey and some of the Arabic countries with slight variation. The Greek's prepare this mostly as a baked layered dish of eggplant with minced meat and bechamel sauce. The dish is generally served hot while in other countries is may be served warm or even cold. I loved the authentic Greek variety, as I layered the minced meat between the eggplant slices and finally topped it with the white bechamel sauce before baking it. The juices from the meat mixed well with the sauce and gave a very nice texture to the dish. I baked the dish in individual serving sizes, however you may also bake it in a large dish and serve cut out portions. Its best served hot from the oven so prepare it close to the meal time. Though it may seem like a large recipe, it is pretty straight forward and you would love the way it is prepared. Here is Greek Moussaka Recipe for you.

Ingredients  (serves 4)

  • Eggplant - 2 large
  • Olive oil - 4 tbsp

For the meat layer

  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 cup (chopped)
  • Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves (chopped)
  • Minced lamb - 500 gms
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 3 tbsp

For the white sauce (bechamel sauce)

  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
  • Milk - 300 ml
  • Mozzarella cheese - 100 gms (grated)
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp

How to Make Greek Moussaka

  • Cut the eggplant in long thin slices.
  • Brush a pan with olive oil and fry the eggplant slices from both sides till slightly brown (keep brushing before frying every slice)
  • Keep aside.
Greek Moussaka - Frying Eggplant

Greek Moussaka - Frying Eggplant

For the meat layer

  • Heat olive oil in a pan.
  • Add onion and garlic and fry till translucent.
  • Add minced lamb and fry on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, salt, black pepper powder, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Keep aside.
Greek Moussaka - Preparing the Meat for layering

Greek Moussaka - Preparing the Meat for layering

For the white sauce

  • Heat butter in a pan.
  • Add all purpose flour and fry till slightly brown.
Greek Moussaka - White Bechamel Sauce Preparation

Greek Moussaka - White Bechamel Sauce Preparation

  • Add milk and mix well to avoid forming any lumps and cook till sauce thickens.
  • Add grated cheese, salt and pepper and keep aside.
Greek Moussaka - White Bechamel Sauce Ready

Greek Moussaka - White Bechamel Sauce Ready

For assembly and baking

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
  • Take individual serving oven proof dishes, line it with fried eggplant slices.
  • Top it with meat filling.
  • Top it again with some fried eggplant slices.
  • Pour the white sauce to cover the dish.
Greek Moussaka - Layering for Baking

Greek Moussaka - Layering for Baking

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Greek Moussaka - After Baking

Greek Moussaka - After Baking

  • Serve hot and fresh.
Greek Moussaka - Cut Portion

Greek Moussaka - Cut Portion

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Published On: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014