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Traditional recipe, Mouzaka

Athens ● Greece ● Mediterranean ● 13 July 2016
 

Moussaka Recipe

Moussaka

Moussaka is one of the most famous savory delicacies of the Balkans, eggplant is its characteristic ingredient. Its Greek version has its origins in Nicolas Tselementes cook book, the Greek culinary bible, published in the 1920s. Here is the traditional recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 big potatoes
  • 3 big eggplants
  • 3 ripen tomatoes
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 500 gr. ground beef
  • 750 ml milk
  • 100 gr all purpose flour
  • 100 gr. Kefalotiri (yellow cheese)
  • 100 gr. Butter
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • paprika
  • nutmeg
  • oregano
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • olive oil
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • oregano

Directions

  1. Cut the potatoes and the eggplants in thin slices, season them with salt and pepper and then fry them in hot sunflower oil. Let them drain from the oil, on paper towels.
  2. Saute in hot sauce pan with olive oil, the thinly chopped onion and garlic, add the ground beef, salt, pepper and stir until it has browned.
  3. Grind the tomatoes and add them in the beef, add paprika, oregano, salt, pepper. Boil until the sauce is thick with no extra liquids and the meat is cooked. Add some water when needed.
  4. In a wide casserole melt the butter and add the flour, stir until a white roux is formed.
  5. Add the milk and stir with an eggbeater until the roux has completely dissolved in the milk.
  6. Boil until the sauce is thick.
  7. Take away from the stove and add the grinded cheese, the egg yokes, the nutmeg and stir again with the eggbeater until you have a smooth mixture.
  8. In a nonstick tray add a layer of potatoes, a layer of eggplant, half of the beef sauce, another layer of eggplant, the rest of the beef sauce and the béchamel on top of it. Also spread some cheese over the surface.
  9. Preheat the oven at 180 Celsius and bake it for about 30' or until the surface has browned.
  10. Let is cool a bit and serve it.

A good way to make it lighter and more healthy is to boil the potatoes and roast the eggplants instead of frying them. You can also use light milk instead of full fat.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Athens Cypria Hotel
8.8 10
Athens Cypria Hotel
5, Diomeias Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Athens Cypria Hotel is situated just 300 m from Syntagma Metro Station.The hotel is adjacent to Ermou Street, the most commercial street in Athens. #The New Acropolis Museum is a 10-minute walk. Athens International Airport is at a distance of 38 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Claridge Hotel
6.3 10
Claridge Hotel
4, Dorou Str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Claridge Hotel is located in the center of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, which connects directly to Piraeus Port. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away.#

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., Acharnes, 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre. El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.


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