Thinking of hosting a Greek themed dinner and bingo party at home? Allow your guests to travel using their palate. Let them taste the wonders of Greece via the classic national dish: Greek Moussaka Eggplant. While Greek Moussaka Eggplant takes about 2 hours to prepare and cook, you and your friends can enjoy a round or two of bingo.
Greek Moussaka is regarded as one of the most popular Greek foods, thanks to the famous Greek chef Nicholas Tselementes. The casserole is not traditionally from Greece, as some scholars maintain that moussaka was introduced by the Arabs when they brought the eggplant to Greece. The Moussaka Recipe is an urban cuisine that, like Greece, is able to respond to new ingredients and religious and traditional influences.
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Here is the best Moussaka recipe you would probably try: Greek Moussaka Eggplant.
Easy Greek Moussaka Eggplant
- 3 large eggplants
- 1 pound potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 large onions diced
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- ½ cup red wine
- ¼ teaspoon allspice ground
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 8 medium egg whites lightly beaten (please reserve yolks for Bechamel sauce)
- 2 cups plain bread crumbs
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
FOR THE BECHAMEL SAUCE:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup salted butter
- 4 cups milk warmed
- 8 medium egg yolks lightly beaten
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- Prepare the vegetables. Make sure that you peel the eggplants while leaving a 1-inch peel around the eggplant. Cut the eggplant into ½-inch slices. Set them aside in a colander and salt them liberally. Peel and boil the potatoes until they’re cooked enough. The potatoes should not be too soft. Drain them and slice them into ¼-inch slices. Set them aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare two baking sheets with aluminum foil and grease them. Add a splash of water as you beat your egg. Dry the eggplant with paper towels before dipping it into the beaten egg. Dredge them in the bread crumbs. Make sure you coat both sides. Bake them at 400°F for 30 minutes, turning them once during cooking. Lower the temperature to 350°F when eggplant is cooked. Set them aside.
- In a large pan, cook the ground beef until brown. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for about a minute. Pour wine into the pan and allow it to simmer and reduce before adding cinnamon, parsley, allspice, tomato paste, sugar, and tomato puree. Simmer for 15 minutes, so excess liquid can be removed. Season with salt and pepper.
- Prepare the Bechamel sauce. Over low heat, melt the butter. Add flour while whisking continuously to create a smooth paste. Cook for a minute, do not allow the flour to turn brown. Add the warmed milk while whisking. Simmer over low heat for a minute, then remove from heat. Stir in beaten yolks and nutmeg. Bring back to heat and stir until the sauce is thick.
- Assemble the moussaka. Lightly grease a baking pan, sprinkle bread crumbs on the bottom of the pan, and then add a layer of potatoes. Top with a layer of eggplant. Add meat sauce and Parmesan cheese. Top it with another layer of eggplant slices before sprinkling again with the cheese. Pour in the Bechamel sauce covering the sides of the pan. Bake for 45 minutes over 350°F. Cool before serving.