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My mom's moussaka is a family favorite for we love the cinnamon spiced meat sauce and eggplant topped with creamy cheese sauce. Tastes great over rice. #SundaySupper

Mom's Moussaka

My mom's moussaka is a family favorite for we love the cinnamon spiced meat sauce and eggplant topped with creamy cheese sauce. Tasted great over rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword casserole, eggplant
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10
Author Denise Wright (MyLifeCookbook.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants, sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt
  • olive oil or cooking spray

Meat Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 oz tomato sauce

Cream Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and add your eggplant slices in one layer, not touching each other. Sprinkle a bit of salt over slices and the spray with more cooking oil. You can also use olive oil to grease your cookie sheet and brush lightly on eggplant slices.
  2. Set under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until browned. Turn over and do the other side.
  3. When finished take them out and let cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. To make the meat sauce, add your butter, onions, ground beef and garlic until meat is browned.
  6. Drain off excess grease if there is too much.
  7. Add your tomato sauce and spices. Mix well.
  8. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes and then set aside.
  9. To make the cream sauces, melt the butter then add your flour, salt and pepper.
  10. Slowly add your milk. Mix well.
  11. Continue mixing and let boil until it thickens. Take off heat.
  12. In a bowl, whisk your eggs.
  13. Add a bit of the hot cream sauce to the eggs and whisk well. Then add this mixture back to the pan and mix well. Set aside.
  14. In a large casserole dish layer your slices of eggplant (there will be two layers so divide the cooked eggplant in half and use for each layer.)
  15. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan and cheddar cheese over the eggplant.
  16. Mix in the 2 Tablespoons of bread crumbs into the meat sauce and mix well.
  17. Spoon a layer of the meat sauce over the eggplant.
  18. Sprinkle 2 more Tablespoons of Parmesan and cheddar cheese over the meat sauce.
  19. Add the rest of the eggplant slices.
  20. Pour the cream sauce over the whole thing and then sprinkle the rest of the cheeses.
  21. Bake for 35-40 minutes or the top is browned. You can also set it under the broiler for a minutes at the end if you wish.
  22. Let set for 5-10 minutes and then serve.
  23. We like to eat it over rice.