This recipe for a traditional Greek moussaka has wonderful rich flavors and is a great way to use eggplants when they are in abundance. The fragrant beef sauce is complimented by the grilled eggplant and cheese sauce.
Serve with a garden salad and garlic bread or mashed potato.
Moussaka does take a bit of time to get together making it the perfect treat for a lazy weekend. It can be made up to 1 day ahead of time then stored in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
Both the traditional large eggplant and long eggplants can be used in this dish.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make this recipe for traditional Greek moussaka gluten free; use gluten free cornstarch in the cheese sauce.
You can only make this recipe dairy free if you can tolerate lactose free milk and cheese. Other dairy free milk alternatives just won’t have the right flavor to go with this dish. In the cheese sauce; replace the butter with dairy free spread, the milk with lactose free milk and the cheddar with lactose free cheddar. Some people with lactose intolerance can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar so it is always best to check.
Save money by growing your own eggplants in your garden. They don’t take up much space and have continuous picking making them a valuable and cost effective food crop. For more information see this Eggplant Growing Guide.
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