Quick Moussaka

A different take on this classic Greek casserole uses a mixture of ricotta and feta cheeses instead of the conventional white sauce, which is made from butter, flour, and milk.

Photo by Tamara O.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • Butter, for baking dish

  • 1

    large eggplant (2 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 7

    tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2

    onions, chopped

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    pound ground beef or lamb

  • 1

    can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained

  • 2

    teaspoons tomato paste

  • 1/3

    cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2

    teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1

    cup (9 ounces) ricotta cheese, room temperature

  • 3/4

    cup (4 ounces) feta cheese, room temperature

  • 1

    large egg, room temperature

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter a 4-quart ovenproof dish. On a baking sheet, toss eggplant with 6 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer, and roast in the oven until soft and golden, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer eggplant to prepared dish, spreading in an even layer. In a large saucepan, warm remaining tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and ground meat; cook, stirring to prevent sticking, until meat is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in drained tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer, crushing tomatoes with the edge of a spoon, 15 minutes. Spread the mixture evenly over the eggplant. Heat broiler. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, feta, egg, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture over the casserole, and spread evenly to the edges. Broil until topping is browned in spots, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.

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