Looking for a way to add something special to your meal? Traditional Greek moussaka is a perfect option for you. Despite being an unusual dish, this eggplant lasagna will definitely become your family’s favorite from the first bite.

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Almost every Middle Eastern or Balkan country has its own moussaka recipe: from Macedonian potato moussaka to Levant vegetarian option. My version is closer to the Greek recipe but with the extra layer of fried potato slices. So, what is a Moussaka? It is a delicious casserole made by stacking layers of different vegetables and ground beef. Having eggplant (aubergine) is a must! Almost every ingredient before layering is cooked in the oil. You top everything with hard cheese and béchamel sauce. So, the dish is very nourishing, rich, and greasy at the same time.

Moussaka Greek Eggplant Lasaqna

There are many options to type the recipe’s name when searching it on the internet: moussaka, mousaka, mussaka, and musaka. Whatever you choose, you will get a perfect dinner option in the end. You can have it as a main dish when you make it with ground meat. I added ground beef but you can choose any type of meat: from more traditional lamb option to mixtures of beef, pork, and lamb in different proportions. Or you can omit adding meat and have it a side dish.

Here are some of my favorite casserole dishes:

Moussaka Ingredients:

Greek Moussaka Ingredients

  • 400 g ground beef;
  • 1.5 onion;
  • 3-4 medium potatoes;
  • 2 eggplants;
  • 2 tomatoes;
  • 100 g hard cheese;
  • 500 ml milk;
  • 50 g butter, unsalted;
  • 50 g flour;
  • 50 ml vegetable oil;
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste.

How to bake beef eggplant casserole – Greek moussaka – at home:

  • Cook ground beef with onion in the skillet. Sauté sliced onion for 2 minutes in a preheated skillet with oil and add beef mince to the skillet. Cook constantly stirring until all the liquid evaporates. Add seasoning in the end.

Cook ground beef with onion in the skillet

  • Peel potatoes and cut into medium-sized slices, add salt and mix to spread it evenly. Fry potato slices in vegetable oil on both sides. Do not cram the surface of the skillet, leave some space between the slices, and definitely fry in one layer. Do not over fry slices they simply should become soft.

Fry potato slices

  • After frying, place potato slices onto the paper towels to get rid of all the excess oil. Take a baking dish or a casserole dish and lay out all the potato slices in three rows.

Layer fried potato slices

  • Cut eggplant into long thin slices and fry them in the skillet, too. Pat them with paper towels and from the nest layer over the potato slices.

Add the layer of fried eggplant slices

  • Spread cooked ground beef over the layer of eggplants.

Add the layer of cooked ground beef

  • Slice tomatoes and place them over the beef.

Layer out tomato slices

  • Take a clean skillet to make béchamel sauce. Melt butter in the skillet, add flour, and stir it for several minutes. Pour warm milk and mix until the mixture becomes smooth. Add salt to your taste. If you have any questions on how to make perfect béchamel sauce, I have a detailed recipe.

Make béchamel sauce

  • Pour the sauce over the tomatoes and even out with a spatula.

Spread béchamel sauce evenly over tomatoes

  • Add grated cheese as a final layer.

Finish with grated cheese

  • Preheat oven at 400ºF/200°C. Bake moussaka for 30 minutes uncovered. You can also have moussaka baking covered with a foil for the first 15 minutes and then uncover it for the rest of the baking process (if you are afraid to burn the top layer). Let it cool down a bit before serving. Enjoy your meal!

Serve cooled down

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Moussaka Recipe – How to Make Eggplant Lasagna with Ground Beef

Learn how you can make eggplant casserole dish with ground beef, potato and cheese.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: beef eggplant casserole, Eggplant Lasagna with Ground Beef, mousaka recipe, Moussaka Recipe, musaka recipe, mussaka recipe, Traditional Greek moussaka recipe
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 145kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g ground beef
  • 1.5 onion
  • 3-4 medium potatoes
  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 100 g hard cheese;
  • 500 ml milk
  • 50 g butter unsalted
  • 50 g flour
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste

Instructions

  • Cook ground beef with onion in the skillet. Sauté sliced onion for 2 minutes in a preheated skillet with oil and add beef mince to the skillet. Cook constantly stirring until all the liquid evaporates. Add seasoning in the end.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into medium-sized slices, add salt and mix to spread it evenly. Fry potato slices in vegetable oil on both sides. Do not cram the surface of the skillet, leave some space between the slices, and definitely fry in one layer. Do not over fry slices they simply should become soft.
  • After frying, place potato slices onto the paper towels to get rid of all the excess oil. Take a baking dish or a casserole dish and lay out all the potato slices in three rows.
  • Cut eggplant into long thin slices and fry them in the skillet, too. Pat them with paper towels and from the nest layer over the potato slices.
  • Spread cooked ground beef over the layer of eggplants.
  • Slice tomatoes and place them over the beef.
  • Take a clean skillet to make béchamel sauce. Melt butter in the skillet, add flour, and stir it for several minutes. Pour warm milk and mix until the mixture becomes smooth. Add salt to your taste. If you have any questions on how to make perfect béchamel sauce, I have a detailed recipe.
  • Pour the sauce over the tomatoes and even out with a spatula.
  • Add grated cheese as a final layer.
  • Preheat oven at 400ºF/200°C. Bake moussaka for 30 minutes uncovered. You can also have moussaka baking covered with a foil for the first 15 minutes and then uncover it for the rest of the baking process (if you are afraid to burn the top layer). Let it cool down a bit before serving. Enjoy your meal!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

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