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Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

Easy moussaka is what we are making today. You will be surprised how easy it is to make this delicious recipe at home!

Make it in a skillet with layers of eggplant, beef sauce, potatoes, and bechamel sauce. You will not be able to resist this Eastern Meditteranean dish. Are you ready to learn how to make moussaka? Let’s get started!

Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

You may think that moussaka is Greek but it is also made in the Balkans and the Middle East. 

Just like the Italians have lasagna the Greeks have moussaka. The main base of this recipe is a ragu sauce, layers of grilled eggplant and fried potatoes.

This might not be the skinniest recipe but it is super delicious and worth a try. As this is an oven recipe you need a dish that becomes very hot.

That is why I make it in a skillet and it is also decorative as well. Instead of using tortillas or lasagna sheet you use eggplant as the layers.

Eggplant contains a lot of liquid so when grilling the eggplant season them with salt first to prevent an overload of liquid in the moussaka later.

Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

Moussaka ingredients

To make easy moussaka you need an extensive grocery list. Have no fear this doesn’t mean it is difficult. Get the following ingredients:

  • Eggplant
  • Potato
  • Garlic
  • Lean ground meat
  • Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato paste
  • Bechamel sauce

Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

How to make easy moussaka 

To make this recipe divide the recipe into three main steps. This way you can focus on one part of the recipe and then put it all together.

Step 1 – The meat sauce

Preheat a big skillet over high heat and add ground meat. Break up the meat and stir until golden brown. Chop the onion in big chunks and add to the pan.

Add the finely minced garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until soft and translucent. Then add the tomato paste and stir through the browned meat.

Add a splash of water. Season with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of cumin. Stir and let the meat mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. 

Finely chop the parsley and sprinkle it on the meat. Remove from heat and add the parsley.

Step 2 – The vegetables

While the meat simmers it is time for the vegetables. Peel the potatoes, wash them to remove the starch and cut into thin slices.

Wash the eggplant and cut lengthwise also in long thin slices. Rub the eggplant with oil with your fingers or a brush and season with a bit of salt.

Preheat a grill pan or grill rack on the stove until hot. Grill the eggplant and turn to grill the other side. Turn some more until soft.

While grilling the eggplant, heat olive oil in a separate skillet and pan fry the potatoes golden brown. Turn and fry the other side as well.

Take the baked potatoes out of the pan, put them in a bowl and set aside.

Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

Step 3 – The bechamel sauce

Now it is time for the bechamel sauce that is really easy to make as well. Which is all about combining butter, flour, and milk. 

Stir through continuously to remove any lumps. You will see the sauce come together and turn into a smooth silky sauce. 

Season and add your favorite cheese. 

Step 4 – Assemble your moussaka

The final step of this recipe is putting it all together. First, preheat oven to 350℉/180℃ before taking a clean skillet.

Start with the first layer of potatoes then add a layer of grilled eggplant as the second layer. Now take 2 to 3 tablespoons of béchamel sauce and add it to the beef mixture.

Stir before you spread the ground meat on top of the eggplant. Cover the beef mixture with the béchamel sauce. You can use a spoon to spread the sauce evenly on the meat.

Finally, sprinkle a ¼ cup of your favorite grated cheese like parmesan on the bechamel. Pop it in the oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes or until the bechamel is golden brown.

Take your moussaka out of the oven and serve. 

Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

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Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

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Moussaka

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Easy moussaka is a delicious dinner recipe made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full recipe. #thetortillachannel #moussaka #easymoussaka #moussakarecipe

Make this easy moussaka recipe at home! Made with ground beef sauce, grilled eggplant and potatoes. Top with soft bechamel and in the oven!

Ingredients

  • Vegetables:
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 eggplant
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Meat sauce:
  • 300 g ground meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • Béchamel sauce:
  • 500 g milk
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 100 g parmesan, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Step 1 - Meat sauce
  2. Preheat a big skillet and brown the ground meat. Break up the meat and stir. Add the chopped onion in big chunks and add to the pan
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until soft and translucent. Then add the tomato paste and stir through the browned meat
  4. Add a splash of water. Season with salt, pepper and a teaspoon of cumin. Stir and let the meat mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens
  5. Finely chop the parsley and sprinkle it on the meat. Remove from heat and add the parsley
  6. Step 2 - The vegetables
  7. While the meat simmers peel the potatoes, wash them and cut into thin slices
  8. Wash the eggplant and cut lengthwise in long thin slices. Rub the eggplant with oil and season with a bit of salt
  9. Preheat a grill pan on the stove until hot. Grill the eggplant and turn to grill the other side. Turn some more until soft
  10. While grilling the eggplant, heat olive oil in a separate skillet and pan fry the potatoes golden brown. Turn and fry the other side as well
  11. Take the baked potatoes out of the pan, put them in a bowl and set aside
  12. Step 3 - The bechamel sauce
  13. Now it is time for the bechamel sauce that is really easy to make as well. Which is all about combining butter, flour, and milk. 
  14. Stir through continuously to remove any lumps. Season and add your favorite cheese
  15. Step 4 - Assemble moussaka
  16. Preheat oven to 350℉/180℃. Take a clean skillet
  17. Start with the first layer of potatoes then add a layer of grilled eggplant as the second layer. Now take 2 to 3 tablespoons of béchamel sauce and add it to the beef mixture
  18. Cover the beef mixture with the béchamel sauce using a spoon to spread the sauce evenly on the meat
  19. Finally, sprinkle a ¼ cup of your favorite grated cheese like parmesan on the bechamel. Pop it in the oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes or until the bechamel is golden brown
  20. Take out of the oven and serve

Nutrition facts

Calories: 668; Fat: 29g; Carbs: 62g; Protein: 41g;

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