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Here is my personal version of this famous recipe from the eastern Mediterranean. It's a kind of gratin, made with layers of aubergines, cooked meat with tomatos and bechamel sauce with cheese.

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Last modified on: August 1st 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 28 min.1 hour 25 min.2 hours 53 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Moussaka : Photo of step #1Wash 3 egg-plants or aubergine and cut into thin slices.

Salt them and put in a strainer for about one hour, until some of the juice runs out.
20 min.
2 Moussaka : Photo of step #2Meanwhile, peel 4 tomatoes, remove seeds and cut into pieces. 20 min.
3 Moussaka : Photo of step #3Peel and chop 1 onion. 5 min.
4 Moussaka : Photo of step #4Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan. When hot put in the aubergine slices. 1 min.
5 Moussaka : Photo of step #5Cook for 4 or 5 minutes while stirring, then transfer onto absorbant paper. 5 min.
6 Moussaka : Photo of step #6In the same pan heat 4 tablespoons olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onion and cook for one minute.

Add 500 g minced beef.
1 min.
7 Moussaka : Photo of step #7Cook meat until it browned, then salt, pepper, and add 1 Bouquet garni and 2 cloves garlic en chemise. 20 min.
8 Moussaka : Photo of step #8Add tomatoes. 1 min.
9 Moussaka : Photo of step #9Mix well, cover, and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 30 min.
10 Moussaka : Photo of step #10After this time, uncover, discard bouquet garni and garlic. 3 min.
11 Moussaka : Photo of step #11Prepare bechamel sauce. When ready add 200 g feta in small pieces. 18 min.
12 Moussaka : Photo of step #12Preheat oven to 392°F (200°C).

Butter a gratin dish, and arrange half the aubergine slices in a layer in the bottoom.
3 min.
13 Moussaka : Photo of step #13Cover with half the meat. 3 min.
14 Moussaka : Photo of step #14Cover with half the bechamel. 3 min.
15 Moussaka : Photo of step #15Repeat these 3 layers, and finish by sprinkling with some cheese. 10 min.
16 Moussaka : Photo of step #16Cook in the oven until top is golden brown (about 30 minutes). 30 min.


As with all gratin style dishes, moussaka can be made in advance, even frozen to be reheated when required.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
4226175 gr134 gr333 gr
211 %67 %13 %50 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1677 gr5 gr13 gr
8 %3 %1 %2 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
70429 gr22 gr55 gr
35 %11 %2 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 13.30 €
Per person : 2.22 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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