Question. What is Moussaka?
Answer. Mousaka is a baked casserole of layered vegetables, or vegetables and minced meats (greek classic version is eggplant and ground lamb).
Tips, tricks and info on how to make Moussaka
Out of all Greek Dishes, Moussaka is by far one of the most well-known. It is similar to the Italian dish lasagna, as it is also a hearty casserole. It can be made with meat or vegetables, in fact the vegetable version is a very delicious vegetarian (and kosher) dish.
There are many quick Greek recipes available both on the internet and in popular cookbooks. Every country in Greece has it's own unique version of Moussaka, so be ready to discriminate between numerous Greek Cuisine Recipes to find the right recipe you want to use.
A good Greek recipe includes some of the most important ingredients in Moussaka: eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, and minced meat, if you aren't making the vegetarian version. You can replace the meat with other vegetables of your choice. The most popular version is made with four layers.
A Moussaka recipe can be made quite easily, it is basically a casserole made by layering eggplant slices with either minced meat (or a variety of vegetables). Topping is made of bechamel that is cooked into a thin white sauce and then the dish is baked until the top layer is browned.
For exact measurements of all ingredients see our video.
- Cut the eggplants in thick slices.
- Cut enough eggplants to cover two layers of the pan.
- Cut just enough potatoes to cover two layers of the pan.
- Season the potatoes with salt and mix well.
- Fry the potatoes (80% cooked) and place them onto a colander to drain excess oil over night.
- Do the same with the eggplants. Fry them and let drain in colander over night.
- Next, we will prepare the meat filling.
- Let filling simmer at low heat for another 30 minutes or until the juices have evaporated, shown next.
- Set aside for now.
- Oil the pan.
- Spread the potatoes at the bottom of the pan.
- Spread the eggplants on top of the potatoes.
- Spread the beef filling over the eggplants.
- Set aside for now. Next, we will prepare the cream.
- Pour the cream onto the beef filling and you are done.
- Bake at middle oven rack at 350 F for 1 hour or until desired color is achieved, shown next.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Mousaka video