Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 lb eggplant (2 large or 3 medium)

  2. 2 large russet potatoes

  3. Salt as needed

  4. 1/3 cup olive oil, or as needed

  5. 2 cups diced onion

  6. 1 1/4 lb ground lamb (or substitute beef, turkey, pork, or combination)

  7. 2 cups chopped plum tomatoes

  8. 2 tsp minced garlic

  9. 2 cloves

  10. Small piece cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon)

  11. 1 bay leaf

  12. Pinch ground allspice

  13. Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

  14. 1/2 cup water

  15. 2 tbsp tomato paste

  16. 1/4 cup dry red wine

  17. 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

  18. 2 cups Cheese Sauce

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Peel, salt, and rinse the eggplant if desired (see note "Preparing Eggplant for Cooking" below).

  2. Place potatoes in a pot and add enough water to cover them. Over medium-high heat bring them to a boil and boil lightly for 5 minutes. Cool, cut into 1/8-inch slices, and set aside.

  3. Heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the eggplant to the hot oil a few slices at a time and sautéthe eggplant slices, turning as necessary, until tender and lightly colored, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a rack to drain while you sauté the remaining eggplant, adding more oil to the skillet as necessary.

  4. To prepare a meat sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the ground meat and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the meat loses its raw appearance, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, allspice, salt, pepper, and about 1/2 cup water. Simmer until thick and flavorful, about 30 minutes. Add the tomato paste and red wine and continue simmering until the wine has developed a sweet aroma, about 10 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  6. To assemble the moussaka: Scatter the bread crumbs in a deep, rectangular baking dish. Place a layer of half of the eggplant slices over the bread crumbs. Add the meat sauce and spread it into an even layer. Place an even layer of sliced potatoes over the sauce. Add the remaining eggplant in an even layer over the meat sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the eggplant. Bake, uncovered, until the cheese sauce is thick and golden brown and the eggplant is very tender, about 45 minutes. Let the moussaka rest for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving.


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