A popular Greek dish, this baked, four-layer casserole can also be found in vegetarian variations.
MoussakaNovember 13, 2010 Print
Recipe courtesy of Helen Kapsales
- 2 or 3 medium potatoes
- 2 or 3 medium eggplant
For the meat sauce
- olive oil 6 Tbsp 90 ml
- 2 Spanish onions, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ground beef or lamb 2.2 lbs 1 kg
- 2 bay leaves
- dry mint 1 tsp 5 ml
- chopped parsley 5 Tbsp 75 ml
- salt 1 tsp 5 ml
- pepper 1 tsp 5 ml
- tomato paste 2 Tbsp 30 ml
- tomato, skinned and diced 1 cup 250 ml
- water 1/2 cup 125 ml
For the béchamel sauce
- whole milk 4 cups 2 litres
- butter 6 Tbsp 90 ml
- flour 6 Tbsp 90 ml
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash white pepper
- 3 whole eggs
Peel and slice potatoes and set aside. Slice the eggplant 1/2-inch (1.5-centimetre) thick, brush with oil and bake until half cooked. Set aside. For the meat sauce, sauté onions and garlic in oil. When ready, add ground beef and brown until meat is crumbled and has taken up its juices. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for about 1 hour until meat sauce is cooked and thick.
For the béchamel sauce, bring milk to almost a boil. Just before it is ready, melt butter in a separate small saucepan (preferably non-stick) whisk in flour and lightly cook. Once ready, slowly whisk flour/butter roux into milk and continue heating on low heat until milk thickens. Remove milk from heat, beat eggs and whisk slowly into thickened milk.
Oil a deep 10-by-12-inch (25-by-30-centimetre) pan and lightly dust with bread crumbs. Start layering potatoes in an overlapping pattern and salt. Layer eggplant also in an overlapping pattern and salt as well. Pour the meat sauce evenly over eggplants and cover with béchamel and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25 to 30
minutes until golden and béchamel has set. Allow Moussaka to set before cutting.