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Grilled Eggplant Moussaka

Grilled Eggplant Moussaka

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What makes the difference in this traditional Greek recipe is the grilled, not fried, vegetables, including eggplant, potatoes and zucchini. It's a lighter version of the famous Greek dish consumed in great quantities every summer in my country, by locals and tourists equally.

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  • Calories:
  • 722 kcal
  • 36%
  • Fat:
  • 41.6 g
  • 64%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.7g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 30.9 g
  • 62%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 405 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. Brush eggplant, potatoes, and zucchini lightly with extra-virgin olive oil. Grill vegetables until just tender and golden brown. Layer potatoes into the bottom of a 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Next layer in the eggplant, followed by the zucchini; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook until the flour smells slightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Whisk in milk, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Place the egg yolk into a bowl, and quickly whisk in 1/4 cup of the thickened milk, a tablespoon at a time. Quickly stir the egg yolk mixture into the thickened milk until smooth, then set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the ground beef and onion, and cook until the beef is crumbly and no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease, then stir in the oregano, parsley, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. To assemble, spread the meat mixture over the vegetables, and sprinkle with the feta cheese. Pour the white sauce overtop, and smooth with a spatula.
  7. Bake moussaka in preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
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constantina
36
10/29/2007

Dear Braycorp, After some minutes of simmering the mixture of flour, butter, milk and nutmeg should be thick like custard. This white sauce, used as topping, is called bechamel.

njmom
22
9/21/2007

I use ground turkey, and added mushrooms while cooking the onions. Delicious!

KieraH
19
9/2/2008

This was delicious! I made three changes, which I don't normally do, but wanted to make this recipe easier. First, I roasted the vegetables in the oven. Caoted with cooking spray...easy. I added french onion soup mix to the beef because I wasn't in the mood to chop onions. Lastly, since we were hungry and I had two hungry babies, I skipped out on the bechamel all together. Just sprinkled feta cheese. I'm sure the sauce would have made the recipe, but I decided that it would be healthier for now anyways! I was pleased to find this recipe on an ingredient search. Ive wanted to try the moussaka at our local family restaurant for quite sometime-now I HAVE to try it!