Moussaka recipe is a great dish for dinner! Mediterranean food recipes are always tasty and full of flavor.
If you love lasagna and casseroles, this moussaka is definitely one of dinner ideas to try!
What Greek moussaka is
Moussaka is a traditional Greek food, served in almost every restaurant in Greece. Every chef has his own touch of this dish. If I remember well, I first tried moussaka in this beautiful country.
And I was so delighted!
Wow, such and easy combination of beef or lamb with tomatoes, eggplant and the white sauce. But it is full of flavor, filling and great for enjoying for dinner. It’s impossible to try moussaka only once! Or is it just Mediterranean air and local products?..
Moussaka vs lasagna
To my mind, moussaka is a more healthy version of lasagna, as the pasta is substituted with eggplants.
I actually love baking lasagna (and of course eating it, who doesn’t?). But when I tried moussaka recipe, I thought is was much more tastier! Well first of all, to my mind, eggplant gives this dish more flavor. Moreover, eggplant makes it “juicier”, which is great. This eggplant dish melts in your mouth!
If you love eggplant recipes, you should also try our Stuffed Eggplant boats, which is a great snack.
Gluten free moussaka recipe
However, if you want a gluten free version of moussaka, you can easily use cornstarch instead of regular flour in Bechamel sauce (or Mornay sauce)! Mornay sauce uses Bechamel as a base, but when you add cheese and egg yolks, it actually changes the name!
So, the classic Bechamel sauce is made with flour, but if you are using cornstarch, you will need about 4-5 tbsp.
You can regulate the thickness of the sauce by adding more milk, if you want it lighter. Add more flour (or cornstarch), if it looks too runny, however, keep in mind, that it will thicken more, when you cook it longer.
By the way, if you don’t have the nutmeg, you can add few cloves and a bay leaf instead.
Traditional Greek moussaka
What’s more, you can grill or fry eggplant slices instead of baking them. However, my method will save your time (and calories) and get the great flavor in final dish
Oh, and traditionally Greek moussaka recipe has a layer of thinly slice potatoes. It will be much more filling with more vegetables, however, my version is much lighter and easier to prepare.
I think your guests and family will be grateful for this eggplant lasagna and will ask to prepare it once more (or not once). It is totally worth of extra work, comparing to making traditional lasagna. If you want to serve something easier, check our Zucchini lasagna with chicken.
If you like easy Greek recipes, you should check our Greek salad, which is perfect dish to serve with this moussaka!
Moreover, I love using Greek yogurt in desserts. So if you want delicious and healthy treat, we have Strawberry appetizers, Easy strawberry desserts, Mini Blackberry desserts and Chia seed pudding with mango on our blog.
Moussaka recipe – Greek recipes - Mediterranean food
- 3 eggplants
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 kg beef mince /35 oz
- 2 onions small
- 4 cloves garlic
- 400 g tomatoes in juice /14 oz
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
For Bechamel sauce:
- 100 g butter /3.5 oz
- 100 g flour /3.5 oz
- 800 ml milk /2.5 cups /27 fl oz
- 3 egg yolks
- 60 g cheese /2 oz
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 390 F / 200 C
- Slice eggplants in round shape.
- Layer them on a parchment paper in one layer, drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake eggplant slices 20 minutes until soft.
To make bechamel sauce (or Mornay sauce):
- In a pot on a low heat melt butter, add flour, stir and heat few minutes.
- Slowly add 300 ml or one cup milk, work in batches, stirring well, so no lumps form.
- Add leftover milk and stir well.
- Heat the sauce until boiling, stirring from time to time.
- Cook 5 minutes, then add egg yolks, cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg.
- Stir, cover with the lid and set aside.
For bolognese sauce or ground meat:
- Heat oil in a large pan.
- Chop the onions and cook on a high heat until translucent.
- Add chopped garlic cloves to onions. Mix and cook, until slightly browned.
- Add ground beef. Cook, stirring, until ready, about 15 minutes
- Add tomatoes in juice in a pan. Crush the tomatoes, stir well.
- Cook on a low heat, lid on 20 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper, stir well. Remove from heat.
- Brush baking dish with oil.
- Add 2-3 tbsp of bechamel sauce to cover the bottom of the baking dish.
- Put eggplant slices in one layer.
- Cover with 1/3 cooked beef mince.
- Cover with 3-4 tbsp bechamel sauce.
- Repeat the layers 2 times more: eggplant, bolognese, beef. Last layer – bechamel sauce. You can add extra cheese on top.
- Bake about 50 minutes 350 F / 180 C or until golden and ready.
- Let it cool a little, so it is easier to cut. Serve and enjoy!