Venison Moussaka

Venison Moussaka
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Moussaka is an eastern Mediterranean dish that includes eggplant baked with ground meat and seasoned with spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. Then topped with a creamy white sauce and baked until golden brown. You can also substitute the sliced eggplant with par-boiled sliced potatoes for those individuals who still don’t love the taste or texture of eggplant.

Serve this Venison Moussaka with a green salad and a slice of french bread. ~Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 eggplants sliced 1/4 inch thick (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 16 ounce tomato sauce
  • Parsley for garnish

Cream Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add chopped garlic and onions and sauté until softened. Add ground venison and continue to cook until browned. Turn heat to low and add basil, oregano, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, honey and tomato sauce and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside in a bowl. Using the same skillet, heat the skillet over medium heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter. Fry eggplant on both sides until golden brown. You will need to do this in batches. Remove and set aside. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Slowly stir in the flour with a fork. When the butter and flour create a paste, slowly pour in the milk and continue to stir until sauce is smooth and begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. When the sauce is slightly cooled, mix together 2 eggs and Parmesan cheese. Line the bottom of the cast iron skillet with a layer of eggplant. Spread the venison mixture over the top of the eggplant. Top the venison with the remainder of the eggplant slices. Pour cream sauce over the top and place in the oven. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and garnish with chopped parsley.

Venison Moussaka

Venison Moussaka Ingredients

Venison Moussaka

Add chopped garlic and onions and saute until softened. Add ground venison and continue to cook until browned.

Venison Moussaka

Turn heat to low and add basil, oregano, cinnamon, kosher salt, honey and tomato sauce and cook for 10 minutes.

Venison Moussaka

Fry eggplant on both sides until golden brown. Line the bottom of the cast iron skillet with a layer of eggplant. Spread the venison mixture over the top of the eggplant. Top the venison with the remainder of the eggplant slices.

Venison Moussaka

Pour cream sauce over the top and place in the oven.

Venison Moussaka

Serve Venison Moussaka with a green salad and a slice of french bread.

Yum

1 Comment

  • Reply October 25, 2018

    Kat

    Delicious, thank you for sharing! I have previously only made moussaka with lamb, but have an abundance of venison right now and it worked great! I roasted the eggplant slices at 425 for 25 minutes instead of pan frying. Got that started first while making the meat and bechamel. I added a splash of red wine to the meat with the tomato sauce. Very tasty meal with a side salad made of lettuce and arugula from the garden.

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