Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is my mom's recipe :-D Ground lamb is my choice but it's ok to substitute ground beef. I don't like potatoes in my moussaka so I leave them out all together, and it cuts down on overall time I have to spend in the kitchen. You can add them to your dish if you'd like, THEY ARE OPTIONAL, so I included them here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Check out the Moussaka potato debate here in the Greek Forum:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Potatoes:.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Toss the potatoes with the olive oil in a large bowl.
  4. Put them in a single layer on a baking sheet and season to taste.
  5. Roast until soft and starting to brown, about 35 minutes.
  6. Béchamel Sauce:.
  7. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  8. Add flour and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes until it starts bubbling but does not color.
  9. Gradually whisk in the hot milk.
  10. Continue whisking for about 6 to 8 minutes until it thickens.
  11. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  12. Put the eggs in a large bowl.
  13. Whisk the béchamel sauce into the eggs.
  14. Continue whisking for a few minutes until the béchamel has cooled slightly (enough so that the eggs won't curdle).
  15. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  16. Make sure to place wrap directly on the surface of the sauce so a skin does not form.
  17. Set aside.
  18. Lamb:.
  19. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  20. Add lamb and sauté until cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 6 minutes.
  21. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes.
  22. Add wine, cayenne pepper, and oregano and cook 2 minutes.
  23. Stir in cinnamon, tomatoes, tomato paste and nutmeg.
  24. Reduce heat to medium.
  25. Cover and simmer until sauce is very thick and reduced to about 6 cups, stirring occasionally, about 60-70 minutes.
  26. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, preheat the grill on medium-high heat.
  27. Brush the eggplant slices with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  28. Grill until cooked through and golden, about 2 minutes per side.
  29. Set aside.
  30. To Assemble:.
  31. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  32. Coat a 14x10x2-inch glass baking dish with oil.
  33. Arrange potatoes in bottom of dish.
  34. Arrange half of eggplant slices over potatoes.
  35. Pour half of lamb sauce over.
  36. Arrange another layer of eggplant slices on top.
  37. Pour remaining sauce over.
  38. Pour béchamel sauce over moussaka, covering completely.
  39. Bake moussaka uncovered until bubbling around edges, about 1 hour or until topping is softly set and browned.
  40. Transfer baking dish to rack and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
Most Helpful

Using the potatoes, it really did take over 3 hours. Yes, it is worth it. No, it's not any more time consuming than lasagna. Next time I would reduce the cayenne to 1/4 tsp and increase the nutmeg even more than I did. Substituted an 8x8 and 11x7 pan for the 10x14. A pan at least 2 inches deep would have helped. I made only half of the bechamel sauce, but added an extra egg. That was enough to cover both pans of moussaka. They baked in 30 minutes at 400. Next time I will turn it to 350 after ten minutes in the oven. Because I did not add the wine, I might have missed some of the flavor. For that reason I gave this all five stars. Thank you Bella.

dogsandwoods January 01, 2009

Definitely use LAMB (and not beef) and all of the seasonings listed for an authentic flavor. I didn't use the potatoes but I have had moussaka made with them (actually substituted for the eggplant.) I really like grilling the eggplant instead of frying. Try this one.

QL7 October 21, 2007

Loved it! Lots of work but well worth it. Thanks

Chef h&h January 26, 2010