Moussaka

Moussaka is one of my favorite greek dishes! I love the combination of warm cinnamon in the tomato sauce and the almost custard like creamy sauce on top. It is a savory dinner with a hint of sweet that makes it super yummy! If you think the ingredients sound a little strange, don’t knock it till you try it! It is so comforting and delicious, you are sure to love it!

Moussaka

3 T. olive oil

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 yellow onion diced

1 lb. of ground beef

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

2 cups of crushed tomatoes

salt and pepper

2 small-medium eggplants or 1 large eggplant sliced lengthwise into about 1/2 inch slices (to help draw out some of the moisture from the eggplant, lay the slices out onto paper towel, sprinkle with salt and let sit for about 20 minutes- this step is optional)

salt and pepper

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

2 cups of milk

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese

pinch of fresh nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a casserole dish with no stick spray and set to the side. In a skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle in the olive oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is softened, then add the ground beef and break it up in the pan to cook. Add the salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, cinnamon and cloves. Once the meet is cooked through add the tomatoes and turn down the heat to low. In a small saucepan over high heat, melt the butter and stir in the flour to make a paste, then whisk in the milk. Keep whisking until the sauce is smooth and thickened. In a small bowl whisk the eggs together and add a spoonful of the white sauce while whisking to temper the eggs. Then add the eggs into the saucepan with the white sauce, whisk all together. Add in 1 cup of the cheese and nutmeg. Lay the eggplant across the bottom of your prepared casserole dish (it is okay if it is over lapping). Pour the tomato sauce over the eggplant and then the white sauce evenly over the top of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for about an hour.

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