Thursday, July 15, 2010


I'd never even heard of Moussaka until after I met Teena.  She told me her dad had made it all the time and that it was delicious.  So she bought me some eggplant, found me a recipe and asked me to make her some.  The recipe I use is from  I've since made Moussaka several times and Teena was right, it is delicious!  I have also discovered recently that there are several versions of Moussaka. This one that I make is the Greek version with layered egg plant and white sauce, although I use beef mince instead of lamb mince.  There is also a Turkish version which is not layered, but sautéed instead.  And other versions which use zucchini or potatoes instead of eggplant.

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Thinly slice eggplants, then cook in olive oil until golden brown.

Brown mince and onion. Add allspice, tomatoes and water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Stir in chopped parsley.  Layer eggplant on the bottom of an ovenproof dish.  Top with a layer of mince.  Repeat until you have used up all your ingredients, finishing with a layer of eggplant. 

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour, stir for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and stir over medium heat until it boils. Add nutmeg and egg, stir well.  Pour mixture over the top of your layered eggplant dish and top with cheese.  Bake for 20-30 minutes.

 The only thing I would do differently next time is perhaps bake the sliced eggplant as it really absorbs a lot of olive oil when you try to fry it.  I'll have to it with lamb mince one day as well.

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  1. Yay! I found a man who can make moussaka as good as my dad, my life is complete! /awww
    <3 <3

  2. Dave, the moussaka looks absolutely delicious. oh, that cheese-y top. yum. I think you'd enjoy the one with lamb mince as well.
    Have a great day. Michael.

  3. I've never heard of that either. It looks and sounds delicious. I agree, baking the eggplant would be better. I'm saving this to make! Thanks!

  4. I've never heard of this. I love eggplant, though, and it sounds delicious!

  5. I've only had moussaka once and loved it. Yours looks wonderful.

  6. This looks wonderful, Dave. This is a dish I never tire of. Your recipe is really very nice. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

  7. I make eggplant all the time but I have never tried a moussaka. Thanks for inspiring me. That photo makes me hungry.

  8. I love moussaka and yours looks delicious. I'll have to try it soon.


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