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

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Stage 1 - 20 min.
Wash 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.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
Meanwhile, peel 4 tomatoes, remove seeds and cut into pieces.

Stage 3 - 5 min.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan. When hot put in the aubergine slices.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Cook for 4 or 5 minutes while stirring, then transfer onto absorbant paper.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
In the same pan heat 4 tablespoons olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onion and cook for one minute.

Add 500 g minced beef.

Stage 7 - 20 min.
Cook meat until it browned, then salt, pepper, and add 1 Bouquet garni and 2 cloves garlic " href="/lexique.php?id=40" target="_blank">en chemise.

Stage 8 - 1 min.
Add tomatoes.

Stage 9 - 30 min.
Mix well, cover, and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
After this time, uncover, discard bouquet garni and garlic.

Stage 11 - 18 min.
Prepare bechamel sauce. When ready add 200 g feta in small pieces.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
Preheat oven to 392°F (200°C).

Butter a gratin dish, and arrange half the aubergine slices in a layer in the bottoom.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
Cover with half the meat.

Stage 14 - 3 min.
Cover with half the bechamel.

Stage 15 - 10 min.
Repeat these 3 layers, and finish by sprinkling with some cheese.

Stage 16 - 30 min.
Cook in the oven until top is golden brown (about 30 minutes).
As with all gratin style dishes, moussaka can be made in advance, even frozen to be reheated when required.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,227 Kcal or 17,698 Kj175 gr134 gr333 gr
211 %67 %13 %50 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
167 Kcal or 699 Kj7 gr5 gr13 gr
8 %3 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
704 Kcal or 2,948 Kj29 gr22 gr55 gr
35 %11 %2 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten, Celery
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 13.30 €
  • Per person : 2.22 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Bolognaise lasagne, Chicano burger, Polenta parmentier, Gratin Parmentier, Polpete, ... All
Bechamel sauceBechamel sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Gratin slices with spinach, Spiced butternut gratin, Bolognaise lasagne, Leek and Mimolette tart, Escalope cordon bleu, ... All
FetaFeta: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Greek Pesto, Cretan-style salmon , Feta in olive oil with herbs, Greek salad with chicken, Souda salad, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Bolognaise lasagne, Spinach on toast with bechamel, Endives , Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, Gratin Parmentier, ... All
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  • Wow! I never realized the simplicity in preparing Moussaka. There is hope for me. Thank you so much for sharing jh. I am filing it for future use.
    Posted by Louise october 22th 2008 at 14:30 (n° 1)
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