Moussaka

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Welcome again to the home of Healthy Recipes & list of dishes, Today i will guide you how to make “Moussaka” I made this Delicious recipe a few days ago, and I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it with my family. It came out very tasty and flavorful.
As usual after that i maked this “Moussaka” i send it first to all of my followers on My Pinterest Account to try it first and these was some of their rich reviews, opinions, suggestions and great recommendations:

  • “elizabeth” : Fantastic! with a few modifications as follows. don’t fry the eggplant: brush a little bit of olive oil & cook them in a oven at 450 till moderately soft…you don’t want mush… bechamel sauce: I don’t get why everyone is saying this makes too much sauce?! It doesn’t, trust me. You want at least an inch high layer of this when it’s done cooking, so use the ingredients as written. I do agree with adding the extra eggs. I made the sauce as directed, then as it cooled I added two eggs yolks one at a time, blended that, then I added the 2 egg whites (which I had first beaten till stiff with a mixer). Next time I might try the 3rd egg as some recommend for even more firmness. meat sauce: save calories, don’t brown the beef in butter! Increase garlic to at 2-3 cloves. I used italian seasoning for “fine herbs”. Add a big pinch of sugar to cut the acidity. I used about 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper. I made the meat sauce one day ahead (to save time on the big day & to allow the flavors to come out). mysterious olive oil: I don’t know where that 1/4 cup of olive oil is supposed to come in? I never used it. Certainly didn’t miss it. construction: Use a big/deep lasgane pan. The 9 X 13 glass pan isn’t big enough. To be more authentic you can add a thin layer of potato in the bottom. Peel two potatoes, slice them about 1/4 in or less slices, brush with small amount of olive oil, roast in 450 oven for about 15 minutes.
  • “pamela” : Superb! I live in Greek Cyprus and this recipe is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to cut out the extra cup of fat from the olive oil and butter so I broiled the eggplant until browned with olive oil sprayed on top & bottom of thin slices. Diminished the cinnamon & nutmeg to 1/8 tsp ea., (did use oregano, basil & thyme)and left the nutmeg out of the bachamel. I used only 2T butter in the meat sauce. It was fabulous! I’m glad it makes so much–can’t wait for the leftovers!
  • “samantha” : This was awesome! I have been to Greece, and must say, the flavor was very authentic! I had to make numerous modifications, however, to make it more lowfat to suit my taste. I steamed the eggplant instead of frying in olive oil, and omitted the 1/2 cup butter in the meat mixture (don’t forget to drain the meat fat before adding the spices). I substituted 1/4 tsp. oregano + 1/2 tsp. basil + 1/4 tsp. thyme for the fines herbs, and increased the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp (key!). I cut the butter for the bechamel sauce in half (i.e., used 1/4 cup), and added 1/4 tsp. salt + 1/8 tsp. pepper to it. I used only 3/4 cup parmesan instead of 1 1/2 cups. I took other reviewers’ advice and folded 3 beaten egg whites into the bechamel sauce (discarded the yolks instead of adding them to the meat mixture) – this was key to making the top part authentic! In addition, I think 1 layer of eggplant is more of how they serve it in Greece, but if you want a taller casserole, make it 2 layers. Thanks so much for the recipe!
  • “john” : Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. I had tried one from another site some time ago and vowed I would never make it again. But when I learned of this site, I gave it another try because the recipe was so different, I figured “how could I go wrong”? I KNOW how Moussaka should taste (my in-laws are Greek) and this is it! One reviewer suggested adding 3 egg yolks to the bechamel sauce (I did) and another reviewer suggested beating the whites to form a soft peak and fold them into the bechamel sauce (I did that too). I followed everything else to a “T” and wouldn’t change a thing.Well, maybe just a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on the top before popping it into the oven.Thank you so much for posting this wonderful recipe…it’s a keeper!
  • “megan” : This was a really nice find. I followed all of the suggestions to make it more healthy: eliminating or cutting out fat), I grilled the eggplant, cut out the wine (didn’t have any on hand), beat three egg whites and folded into the bechamel and substituted marjoram for parsley as I didn’t have any dried. This recipe is time intensive and the bechamel sauce cannot be interrupted – be prepared for that. The only thing that I didn’t like was that it didn’t plate up nicely. However, the taste was sublime and so next time I make it (and it’s entirely appropriate for company), I will make it in ramekins. A very good, authentic flavor and after revisions, a healthy recipe. (With all changes, brought total calories down to around 360/serving, assuming 8 servings.) Very filling w/a green salad.
  • “nicole” : I enjoyed this recipe. Followed other recomendations. layered the filling with the sauce (middle and top). really needed to organize the ingredients so they would follow the flow of the recipe and I felt there was an extra butter mixed in there. But maybe it’s cause I didn’t brown the beef with butter. No difference to me, still tasted great. also to save time, I cubed the eggplant and sauteed in olive oil. I also cut back on the nutmeg because I don’t like a lot of that flavor with beef. Thanks for the recipe. (used up a good amt of eggplant from the garden this year)

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