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Greek food: eggplant musaka

The moussaka, Musaka or moussaka It is a dish of Balkan origin that is also cooked in the Middle East and in Greece. The Greek recipe is the one that has gained the most popularity around the world. A plate of moussaka has about 520 calories per serving and 31 g of fat, levels that can be reduced to 280 calories if we opt for a vegetarian moussaka.

Ingredients

Here is a list of the ingredients that are needed for 4 people. First, we show the ingredients to make the bottom layer or filling of this dish:

  • 1 kg of eggplants
  • Β½ kg of minced lamb or veal
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Parsley leaves
  • Basil
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 4 eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground black pepper
Eggplants: the basic ingredient of moussaka

Refering to top layer, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • 200 g grated cheese
  • 1 Greek yogurt
  • 50 g feta cheese
  • 1 egg
Grated cheese

Step by step preparation

These are the steps you should follow To prepare a Greek moussaka:

  1. Cut the eggplants into slices of 6-8mm and fry them in abundant olive oil.
  2. Once fried, leave the slices on absorbent paper so that the oil soaks.
  3. Then, add the minced meat to the leftover oil to fry the eggplants and add the salt, black pepper, ground cinnamon and tomato, either crushed or cut into small pieces.
  4. When all this mixture has browned, remove from heat.
  5. Grease the oven tray or the container where the moussaka is to be placed and start mounting on it the first layer of moussaka with the eggplant slices.
  6. On this first layer, add a second layer of minced meat and tomato.
  7. Cover these two layers with the third and last layer: the top layer. In this layer you should mix the egg, feta cheese and Greek yogurt. It is possible to replace this mixture with a traditional bechamel.
  8. Finally, cover the top layer of grated cheese.
  9. Bake in preheated oven and leave for 1 hour at 180ΒΊC.
  10. Once baked, let stand for about 30-40 min. In this way, it will acquire consistency and the layers will not break when you eat it.

Total time: 60 min approx.

Difficulty: half.

Moussaka preparation

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