Moussaka

moussaka

My mom loves Greek food, so I have made this dish for her several times- she loves it! The yogurt sauce topping and use of ground turkey make this a “Fit-to-Eat” version of this classic Mediterranean dish. I use Greek yogurt in lieu of straining plain yogurt, and I have made this dish with both full-fat and fat-free Greek yogurt. The results with either are great, but it is tastier with full-fat yogurt in the sauce. I also find that the need to salt the eggplant is debatable. I do salt it, but shorten the sitting time to 30 minutes – it is at least well seasoned! This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living.

Yield: Serves 6

  • 2 cups plain nonfat yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for eggplant
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 medium eggplants (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg white (or 2 large eggs)
  • Olive-oil cooking spray
  1. Drain yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined sieve until thickened, 2 hours or overnight. (I skip this step and use Greek yogurt.)
  2. Place turkey in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a medium bowl. Add onion, garlic, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and pepper to saucepan; cook until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Return turkey to saucepan with tomatoes, tomato paste, and oregano. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low; simmer until sauce has thickened, about 1 hour. Remove from heat; stir in chopped parsley; set aside.
  3. Preheat broiler. While sauce cooks, cut eggplants into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle with salt on both sides. Place in a colander over a bowl; let stand 1 hour to drain. (I let it stand for 30 minutes.) Discard liquid; rinse each slice under cold running water to remove all salt and juice. Place slices on several layers of paper towels; press out water. Lay dry slices on a clean baking sheet; coat with olive-oil spray; broil until browned, about 2 minutes. Turn; coat with olive-oil spray; broil until browned, about 2 minutes more. Repeat until all eggplant slices have been broiled; set cooked eggplant aside.
  4. Place drained yogurt in a small bowl. Add Parmesan and eggs. Whisk together briskly with a fork; set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Assemble moussaka: Place a layer of eggplant on the bottom of an 8-by-12-inch baking pan. Cover with half the turkey sauce. Place another eggplant layer, then the remaining turkey sauce. Add a final eggplant layer; cover with reserved yogurt mixture. Bake until mixture is bubbling and top starts to brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a heat-proof surface; let sit until moussaka cools slightly and firms, about 10 minutes. Cut into squares; serve.
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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

2 responses to “Moussaka

  1. just in time, i’m in hunt for easy moussaka recipe

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