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Yaya's delicious traditional recipe!
I lived on a tiny island in Greece for 4 years & in addition to my phenomenal beach views I also had an amazing adopted Yaya (grandma) who was constantly stuffing me full of delicious Greek delicacies. I’d join her in the kitchen, when she’d allow it, in an attempt to learn some of her culinary secrets.

And so without further ado, here’s my teensy-bit-lower-fat version of Yaya’s Moussaka

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  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 1
    Step 1

    Ingredients: 1 aubergine (a.k.a: eggplant), 1 zucchini, 1 – 2 onions, 8 cherry tomatoes, 3 garlic cloves, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, olive oil, 500g minced beef (or lamb), 1 can mushrooms, sea salt, 2 tbsp tomato paste, grated cheese & a 300ml pkg bechamel sauce (or make your own with the recipe in this post)

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 2
    Step 2

    quarter the aubergine & slice into 1cm-ish pieces

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 3
    Step 3

    place in a colander & sprinkle with sea salt

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 4
    Step 4

    chop the zucchini into 1cm-ish pieces

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 5
    Step 5

    add to the aubergine colander, sprinkle with sea salt & set aside for 10 – 15 mins

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 6
    Step 6

    dice the onion(s) & garlic

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 7
    Step 7

    brown the meat, onions & garlic in a large, heavy-based pot

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 8
    Step 8

    chop up the tomatoes, drain the mushrooms & add to the beef mixture along with the tomato paste, cinnamon & nutmeg…remove from heat & set aside for now

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 9
    Step 9

    I also like to add a pinch or three of Krauter der Provence – a herb & spice mixture made up of rosemary, thyme, bohnenkraut, marjoram, basil & oregano

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 10
    Step 10

    rinse the zucchini & aubergine under cold water

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 11
    Step 11

    lay flat & pat dry with paper towel

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 12
    Step 12

    heat up a non-stick frying pan, add some olive oil & fry up the zucchini & aubergine pieces

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 13
    Step 13

    grab an ovenproof baking dish & arrange a layer of zucchini & aubergine on the bottom

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 14
    Step 14

    add a layer of the meat mixture

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 15
    Step 15

    open the package of bechamel sauce & drizzle a layer on top of the meat mixture

    Here's how to create your own bechamel sauce:

    5og butter, 50g flour, 400ml milk, 1 tsp nutmeg, 25g grated parmesan cheese

    Melt butter in large saucepan & add the flour, cook for a few seconds then slowly whisk in the milk. Add the cheese & nutmeg. Simmer for 5 – 7 minutes…all done!

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 16
    Step 16

    continue layering & drizzling until your dish is full – or you run out of ingredients

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 17
    Step 17

    top with your fave grated cheese

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 18
    Step 18

    bake at 180C/350F/Gasmark 4 for 50 minutes – until golden brown & bubbling

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 19
    Step 19

    remove from the oven & serve…

  • How to cook a moussaka. Mmmmmoussaka   A Greek Treat - Step 20
    Step 20

    Let the marvelous moussaka take your taste buds to Greece!

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