Eggplant moussaka

Eggplant moussaka

Patlıcanlı musakka

Turkish Fire
Alicia Taylor

You would eat this lovely moussaka for dinner, with salad and bread. It tastes amazing the next day as well. It’s a great dinner party dish, as you can prepare it ahead and then sit and enjoy the company of your guests as dinner is baking.

If you like, you can bake the moussaka in your wood-fired oven.


Quantity Ingredient
4 eggplants
sunflower oil, for shallow-frying
60ml olive oil
1 large brown onion, diced
500g minced beef
2 tablespoons tomato paste
30g finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tomatoes, sliced
Turkish breads, to serve
Radish & watercress salad, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Slice the eggplants into rounds about 1 cm thick. Heat about 2.5 cm of sunflower oil in a large heavy-based frying pan, over a medium–high heat. Working in batches, lightly fry the eggplant for about 2 minutes on each side, or until just turning golden. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat, then fry the onion until soft, about 6–8 minutes.
  4. Add the beef, tomato paste and half the parsley. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix together for a few minutes until completely warmed through.
  5. Take a deep baking dish, about 35 cm long and 25 cm wide. Line the bottom with a layer of eggplant slices, then add a layer of the beef mixture. Now add another layer of eggplant, and another layer of the beef. Continue layering until all the ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of eggplant. Now arrange the tomato rounds on top and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until the eggplant is soft. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 45 minutes, or up to 1 hour.
  7. Cut the moussaka into squares and serve with Turkish bread and radish and watercress salad.
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