Sailing the Mediterranean: A Recipe for Authentic Greek Moussaka

During my enchanting travels aboard the SS Mystique, I was fortunate enough to explore the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, where each dish tells a story of history, culture, and family. One such culinary treasure is the classic Greek Moussaka, a hearty and comforting dish that captures the essence of Greek cuisine. Today, I’m thrilled to share my version of this beloved recipe, infused with memories of sun-drenched afternoons and the warmth of Greek hospitality.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb ground lamb (or beef)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Béchamel Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Arrange eggplant slices on baking sheets, brush with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until soft.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground lamb with onion and garlic until browned. Add tomatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, wine, and parsley. Simmer for 15 minutes, letting the flavors meld.
  3. For the béchamel sauce, melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour until smooth, gradually add milk, and cook until thickened. Stir in nutmeg, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and egg yolks.
  4. In a greased baking dish, layer eggplant, meat sauce, and top with béchamel. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F (175°C), until golden.
  5. Let it rest before serving, and enjoy a taste of Greece right at your table!

This Moussaka recipe is more than just a meal; it’s a voyage to the heart of the Mediterranean, a celebration of flavor and tradition. Enjoy this dish with loved ones and let it transport you to the cobblestone streets and azure seas of Greece.

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