1 kg / 2 lb eggplant (aubergines) thick slices
1/2 kg / 1 lb potato thick slices
1 tsp salt
2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion , diced (brown, white, yellow)
3 garlic cloves , minced
1.4 lb / 700 g ground beef or lamb (mince)
1/2 cup (125ml) White wine
14 oz /400g crushed tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup (250 ml) beef broth/stock
1 bay leaves
1.5 tsp sugar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or 1 stick, use whole)
4 tbsp butter ( good butter)
5 tbsp plain flour
2.5 cups (625 ml) milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated (optional)
1/2 cup (50g) parmesan cheese, grated (or Kefalotiri Cheese)
Salt & paper
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
Place eggplant slightly overlapping in a large colander. Sprinkle with some salt. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
Leave to sweat for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make Meat Sauce and Béchamel Sauce.
Preheat oven to 240C/450F.
Pat eggplant dry – make sure to do this well, otherwise it’s too salty. Lay on parchment paper brush with oil.Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until lightly browned and softened . Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
The same with the potatoes cut them and place them on parchment paper bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned .
Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pot over high heat, then cook the garlic and onion for 2 minutes.
Add the beef or lamb and cook until it changes from pink to brown, breaking it up as you go.
Add wine, cook for 1.5 minutes or until alcohol smell is gone.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes, or until reduced to a thick sauce.
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Stirring constantly, slowly add the milk. Then stir regularly for 3 to 5 minutes or until it thickens so that it thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon
Remove from the stove and whisk in cheese, nutmeg, salt pepper.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then whisk the eggs in. Cover with lid until required.
When I make Mousaka in the summer I don’t add the eggs !! Because Minded that one it’s too hard it’s more heavy dish are usually use the eggs in the winter and spring
Lower oven to 180C/350F (all oven types).
Place half the eggplant in the bottom of a baking dish (I used my 26cm/9″ Lodge skillet), then top with all the Filling.Top with remaining eggplant, then pour over the Béchamel Sauce, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.