I know.. I know another foodie post. But wait, I made this compared to the rest that I have been posting lately and as you read on, you will be a master at making Moussaka yourself. I first tasted Moussaka from one of my favorite restaurants in Uganda, besides the fact that the restaurant is the bomb dot com, I could never get that delicious taste outta my taste buds…I couldn’t spend much more feeding this craving…I had to learn how to make it.
Moussaka is a Greek/Turkish dish consisting of eggplant (aubergines for the fancy fork), &/or potatoes and minced meat. Kinda like the shepherd’s pie but with white sauce. I must say, the effort that goes into making this is quite a task. However, the end justifies the means with great reason. Let’s jump into it.
Preparation is key and you will need to get each of the elements ready separately.
What you will need
White Sauce // butter // flour // milk // parmesan cheese grated // ground black pepper
Potatoes // eggplant // mince (lamb, beef, pork whatever you fancy) // red wine // garlic // onions // green pepper // tomatoes or paste // olive oil
Equip // pans // casserole // colander // oven
1. Slice your eggplant and place into a colander then sprinkle salt and leave to rest for about 20 mins
2. Peel and slice the potatoes then boil until soft
3. Return to the eggplant, wash then fry till brownish on each side
4. In a different plan, fry up onions, garlic and green pepper. Then add mince until brown. Continue to add mushrooms (optional) & tomatoes. Add just a bit of water for the mince to get ready.
5. Now the white sauce. Pay attention or things might get lumpy here. In another pan, melt butter and add flour. Make sure to keep stirring to avoid lumps from forming. Once comfortable, add milk then a portion of the cheese.
That wasn’t so hard, right. Now the fun part.
Grab your casserole, place the first layer of mince then potatoes and finally the eggplant. Do that till you are out of the 3. Pour over your white sauce and sprinkle (quite generously) the remaining parmesan. Bake and sit back and watch your hard work transform into the delicious moussaka.
Hope this post helps someone out there. Let me know if you end up giving it a go and if you know a different variation of the recipe.
For now. Over & Out. x