If you've never had moussaka, the popular Greek dish that traditionally consists of ground meat and sliced eggplant, I highly suggest you make it soon. I recently did and couldn't help but wonder why I had never made this fantastic dish before.
Although there are several steps in the recipe, the final result is insanely delicious. First potatoes, zucchini, and eggplant are roasted in the oven. Next a mixture of tomatoes, ground beef, and lamb is cooked on the stove. These components are layered like a lasagna and topped with a creamy béchamel before being baked until bubbly and golden.
Moussaka is the perfect dinner party dish because you can make it in advance and bake it while the party is going on. To check out the recipe, read more.
Nonstick olive oil spray Serves 10-12.
2 12-ounce eggplants, peeled, each cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini, trimmed, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 pound red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 pound lean ground beef sirloin
1/2 pound ground lamb
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup plain dry white breadcrumbs
2 large egg whites, beaten to blend
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Low-Fat White Sauce
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Nonstick olive oil spray