Moussaka

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Marsha Gardner

By
@mrdick1950

Anna a native Greek stayed with our family for a couple of weeks while ministering at our church. She prepared Moussaka for us. She also put several in the freezer along with other Greek goodies before she left.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
12

Ingredients

MEAT SAUCE

2 Tbsp
butter
1 1/2 lb
ground chuck or ground lamb
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
1/2 tsp
cinnamon
dash(es)
freshly ground black pepper
1 c
onion, finely diced
1 clove
garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp
sweet basil, dried
1 tsp
kosher salt
16 oz
tomato sauce

BECHAMEL SAUCE

2 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
2 c
milk
2 large
eggs
1 c
parmigiano-reggiano, grated
2 Tbsp
dry bread crumbs

EGGPLANT

2
eggplants
kosher salt for sprinkling
1/2 c
butter, melted

How to Make Moussaka

Step-by-Step

  • 1MEAT SAUCE:
    In hot butter in 4 quart Dutch oven, saute` onion, chuck or lamb and garlic, stirring until brown, 10 minutes. Add herbs, spices and tomato sauce; bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, 1/2 hour.
  • 2EGGPLANT:
    Halve unpared eggplant lengthwise; then slice across into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place in broiler pan; sprinkle lightly with salt. Brush lightly with melted butter. Broil 4 inches from heat, 4 minutes per side, or until golden.
  • 3BECHAMEL SAUCE:
    In a medium saucepan melt butter; remove from heat and stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk gradually. Bring to a boil, stirring until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat eggs with a wire whisk. Beat in some hot cream sauce to eggs; return mixture to saucepan. Mix well and set aside.
  • 4Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • 5ASSEMBLY:
    In the bottom of 9"x13" baking dish, layer 1/2 of the eggplant, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan.
  • 6Stir bread crumbs into meat sauce; spoon over eggplant in casserole, sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cheese. Layer rest of eggplant, overlapping as before. Pour cream sauce over all. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  • 7Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. If desired, brown top a little more under broiler for 1 minute; cool slightly to serve. Cut into squares.

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About Moussaka

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes