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Moussaka Cottage Pie Recipe

Moussaka Cottage Pie

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"One nice feature of this dish is that you can cook and bake the pie in the same skillet."

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Original recipe makes 1 pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cinnamon and cloves; cook about 1 minute. Add meat, stirring to break it up, and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and raisins; simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Arrange eggplant slices on a lipped cookie sheet. Brush both sides with remaining oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil on upper oven rack, turning once with kitchen tongs, until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Reduce heat to 400 degrees. Lay eggplant in a single layer over meat mixture. Whisk egg into mashed potatoes; spread over eggplant. Bake on lower rack until sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes.
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  • Copyright 2006 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 26, 2007

My family liked this one but because I wasn't up on how to handle eggplant ie:salt and drain it first. It was more liquidy than it should have been. Needed a little more instruction for the novice, good flavor tho.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 27, 2014

I tried this because we had potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant from the garden. It was okay, nothing special. Followed recipe as written except for making my own mashed potatoes and crushed tomatoes.

Jul 13, 2009

WE loved this. My husband thought he liked it even better than regular Moussaka. I only deviated from the recipe because he had bought "italian seasoned ground turkey" instead of regular. It was just right. I used the steam in bag mashed potatoes (12 oz) and it worked great.

Sep 20, 2011

This was absolutely wonderful. I used fresh mashed potatoes (about 7 medium) and fresh diced tomatoes (5 medium) and left out the raisins. Needed a fair bit of salt, and put in some Montreal chicken spice as well - phenom.

Jan 20, 2009

I really enjoyed this recipe! I love comfort foods; and since I cannot have dairy, this was a great one. I used 1/2 pound of beef (it's all that I had) and an entire eggplant which covered a 9x13 pan fine. I used instant potatoes and added some butter to the potatoes when finished. The recipe says 1 hour 25 minutes til ready; but mine was ready much quicker. I'd say all in all 50 minutes from prep to eating. You could even do the meat base (minus the eggplant and mashed potatoes) in the AM or crock-pot and put it together at dinner.

Dec 28, 2011

I used left over turkey meat rather than ground turkey. At the last minute, I couldn't find where I put the raisins, so I left them out. I also couldn't resist adding cheese on top of the potato. The family devoured this one!

Apr 09, 2013

Had an eggplant on hand and some ground beef, found this recipe (LOVE the "ingredients search" on this site!!) and threw it together. Very tasty and will definitely make it again. Made a few minor changes to make it easier: 1) A little less olive oil to fry the onions and garlic. 2) Add and brown the ground beef, but hold off on adding the spices and tomatoes. 3) DRAIN the ground beef to get the fat and extra oil out. 4) In a separate bowl, stir in the spices (also add one teaspoon of cumin, as per a reviewer's suggestion) into the crushed tomatoes and, once the ground beef is drained, add it. I did sprinkle a tiny bit of Greek Seasoning, along with sea salt and pepper, on the oiled eggplant before broiling on each side. It all came together beautifully, but the leftovers the next day were even better! Keeping this recipe, for sure.

Jul 16, 2012

Simple, tasty, and mild. I added fresh mozzarella between layers (moussaka is the Greek's equivalent of lasagna) and it was fabulous!


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  • Calories
  • 347 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 13.8 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 28.3 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 569 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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