Moussaka is a great family meal.  It is relatively easy to make, healthy, thrifty and the kids will love it.  This recipe is one my mum used to make when we were kids back in the seventies, in our lime green kitchen!  This is the “Australianised” version which uses potatoes rather than egg plant, but you can feel free to use egg plant if that grabs you!

Brown beef, onion, garlic, herbs and add tomatoes.
Brown beef, onion, garlic, herbs and add tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 750 g  minced beef
  • 425 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt

White Sauce

  • 120 g butter
  • 4 tbsp flour or GF flour
  • 600 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese to top
  • few shakes of nutmeg
Layer potato slices, mince mixture then potato slices again.
Layer potato slices, mince mixture then potato slices again.

Method

  1. Cook washed and pricked potatoes in the microwave for approx 10 minutes (until almost cooked).
  2. Brown mince, onion, garlic and herbs in a large fry pan.
  3. Add tomatoes and salt, allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Grease large rectangular casserole dish.
  5. Slice potatoes in 1/4 inch slices and line bottom of casserole dish with them.
  6. Place mince mixture on top of potatoes.
  7. Add another layer of potatoes.
  8. Make white sauce, then pour over potatoes and top with grated cheese and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
  9. Bake at 180 C / 350 F for 45 mins.
White sauce layer, topped with grated tasty cheese and nutmeg.
White sauce layer, topped with grated tasty cheese and nutmeg.

Method for White Sauce

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in flour.
  3. Add milk and stir until sauce boils and thickens.
  4. Stand to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Then add beaten egg (just whisk it in a cup with a fork), gently fold through sauce.
Moussaka is great served with salad or vegetables.

Enjoy!