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Indulge in Greek Authenticity with this Mouth-Watering Dinner Recipe

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Indulge in Greek Authenticity with this Mouth-Watering⁤ Dinner ​Recipe

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Indulge⁢ in Greek Authenticity with this Mouth-Watering‌ Dinner Recipe

When it⁤ comes to ⁤Mediterranean cuisine, Greek‌ food is one of ⁣the most‌ popular and well-known. With its‍ emphasis on⁣ fresh ‍ingredients and ⁤bold flavors, Greek food is the perfect choice for anyone looking⁤ to add a bit​ of variety to their diet.

One of the most iconic Greek dishes is moussaka, a hearty casserole made with layers of ⁣eggplant, ground beef or lamb, and a creamy béchamel sauce. While⁤ moussaka can be a bit time-consuming to‍ prepare, the end result ‍is well worth the effort.

In​ this recipe, we’ll show you how​ to make a delicious and authentic moussaka that is sure to‌ become a​ favorite ‌in your household.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced into ​1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion,‍ finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can⁢ diced ⁢tomatoes (14.5⁤ ounces)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ⁢dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4⁤ teaspoon ‌ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup​ butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk ⁣(whole milk is ‌best)
  • 2​ eggs, ‍beaten
  • 1/2 cup ⁣grated Parmesan ​cheese
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and ‌pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the eggplant slices on a baking sheet,⁤ brush with‍ olive oil, ‍and sprinkle with salt and pepper.⁣ Bake⁢ for 20-25 minutes, until tender​ and slightly browned. Set aside.
  3. In a large⁢ skillet, ‍brown the‌ ground beef‌ or lamb⁣ over medium-high ‌heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the ⁤diced tomatoes, wine, ⁢tomato paste, oregano,​ basil, cinnamon,⁣ nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring ⁢to​ a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter⁣ over medium heat.⁣ Add the flour and whisk​ until smooth. Gradually add⁣ the milk, whisking constantly, until‍ the ⁤mixture ⁢is⁢ thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  6. Add a bit‍ of the milk mixture⁤ to the ‌beaten eggs, whisking constantly, to temper the‌ eggs. Gradually add the egg⁣ mixture to ‍the remaining milk mixture, whisking ​constantly.
  7. Place a layer of the cooked‍ eggplant slices in the bottom⁢ of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Top with ​a layer of ⁣the meat mixture.‍ Repeat layers, ending with meat ‌mixture.
  8. Pour the béchamel sauce evenly over the ‍meat mixture.⁢ Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for⁢ 45-50 minutes,‍ or until the top is golden brown. Let cool for⁣ a⁤ few minutes ‌before serving.

Enjoy your moussaka with a salad or some crusty bread for‌ a complete meal that will transport you straight to Greece.

Recipe ⁣adapted from Cooking Classy.

We⁣ hope⁢ you enjoyed this authentic Greek ‍dinner recipe. If you’re looking⁣ to explore more Mediterranean cuisine, be sure to check⁢ out our other⁣ recipes for delicious and healthy meals.

Bon appétit!

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