This is actually a Greek savory dish which my family loved.. It’s a casserole dish and I usually make Moussaka when I have ample time. It takes quite a bit of preparation, but it is so worth it. Trust me, you have to try and make this recipe at least once, okay. For the Malay version and tutorial for this recipe, please visit my other blog.
Moussaka consist of 3 layers – the minced beef, potatoes and aubergine/egg plant. Then it is topped with white sauce and cheese… OMG, so fattening, hahah !
The recipe :Oil 2 egg plants (the long type) 600 gm of potatoes Beef layer 1 big onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 600 gm minced beef 400gm stewed tomato (in can) / fresh tomatoes 2 tablespoon of tomato puree 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce Italian herbs (in bottle) /or mixture of thyme and marjoram Sugar, salt, white pepper to taste Water White sauce 600 ml full cream milk 60 gm butter 50 gm all purpose flour salt and pepper 150 gm cheese – mixture of cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan or just use the cheese blend for Pizza.
First prepare the eggplant and potatoes. Slice the eggplant to 1 cm thickness. Peel the potatoes and and sliced them too (scalloped). Fry both veggies in hot oil just till they are halfway done (you could also steam to reduce the oil content). Set aside.To make the beef layer, sautéed the onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the minced beef and fry till they are no more reddish in colour. Then add the stewed tomatoes with all the juices and tomato puree. Continue cooking till the beef is cooked. Add some water if the sauce is too thick. Lastly, add the oyster sauce, Italian herbs, sugar, salt and pepper. Try to balance the taste to ensure it is not too sour.
The next step is making the white sauce or roux. Heat the milk till it is warm (not boiling). Melt the butter and and add the flour gradually. Stir and let the flour cook for about 2 minutes. Then slowly add the milk. Keep stirring till you get a thick sauce, consistency similar to whipping cream. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble the dish, first oil a casserole. Then pour a bit of the minced beef at the bottom. Followed by the potatoes and egg plant.. repeat the layers. Lastly, pour the white sauce on top, and sprinkle the cheese all over. Bake at 180C for about 45 minutes. You can increase the top temperature slightly to 200c for the last 10 minutes to ensure the cheese is all golden and nice.
Enjoy your moussaka and please let me know what you think of it ! Thanks and take care.