Moussaka - Cypriot Version Recipe
Moussaka - Cypriot Version
Flavors of Cyprus
Total time: less than 15 minutes
Difficulty: Average
Chef's Note
Moussaka may have its roots in Greece, but no one prepares individual portions of moussaka in earthenware dishes like the Cypriots.
- 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) Eggplant or Aubergines or zucchini, or a mixture of both (peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise)
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced widthwise
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 500 g (18 oz.) ground beef, lamb or pork
- 2 large tomatoes, grated, or 400 g (14 oz.) canned tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon or a piece of cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. rigani or dried oregano
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) red wine
White sauce
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 4 rounded tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 liter (4 cups) boiling milk
- Some cheese or Halloumi to gratiné
  1. Fry the slices of eggplant, zucchini and potato in hot oil, turning them so that they brown on both sides; when 3/4 cooked, transfer to paper towels to drain. 
  2. Fry the onion in the same oil; add the meat and mix well. 
  3. Add the tomatoes, herbs, spices, seasoning and wine; simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid has been completely absorbed. 

White sauce

  1. Make a roux: melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and gradually whisk in the hot milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. When the milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat and continue cooking for a few minutes, stirring with a whisk or spatula. 
  4. Off the heat, whisk in the eggs. 

Assembly and cooking

  1. In a 25 cm x 25 cm (10") baking dish, place a first layer of potatoes.
  2. Top with a layer of zucchini and eggplant. 
  3. Spread the ground meat on top in a single layer. 
  4. Cover with another layer of potatoes and a layer of zucchini and eggplant. Top with the white sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese. 
  5. Bake for 50 minutes or until the surface is browned and crispy. 
Kali orexi - Bon appétit!!


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