Slow Cooker Moussaka

I’ll tell you a secret.  Generally speaking, I think most slow cooker meals are just okay.  I mean, they’re perfectly fine and respectable for feeding the family on a busy night and they are certainly healthy and in fact I think highly enough of them that I keep making them week in and week out.  But truth be told, I don’t really LOVE that many slow cooker recipes.  Except this one.   It takes a little extra work (you  actually have to brown meat in advance) but I do everything the night before and then just stick it in the fridge overnight.  Come morning, I just plug it all in and head to work.  When I get home I have got something super warm and inviting and just plain delicious.  I serve it over rice and the boys love it so much that I made it for K’s birthday dinner.  It is probably my most requested dinner, after “rice and beans” of course. 

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant , peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick*

1 lb ground turkey (although I’m sure beef or even lamb would be fine)

1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 tomato, chopped

1 onion , sliced

5 garlic cloves , chopped

1 Tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 roasted red pepper or one red bell pepper, diced

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt , to taste

8 ounces feta cheese

1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)

Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Place peeled and sliced eggplant on the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and then add the onions.  Cook 3-4 minutes until they start to turn translucent, then add the garlic.  Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the ground turkey – season with salt and pepper, ½ of the cinnamon and ½ of the oregano.  Brown until cooked through.  
  • Add the tomatoes and the bell or roasted red pepper – cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, then add the tomato paste, and the rest of the cinnamon and oregano, and mix well.
  • Add the meat mixture to the slow cooker on top of the eggplant.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • In the last half hour (right when I’m about to start the rice cooker), add the parsley and ½ the feta cheese, broken into chunks and stir really well until melted and blended. 
  • Serve over rice with more feta for sprinkling on top. 

* I like to season the eggplant with salt and let it sit on some paper towels while I do the rest of the work to help get some of the bitterness out – but this is really just a preference and not necessary if you don’t feel like it.

3 Responses to “Slow Cooker Moussaka”

  1. Meg Duggan September 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    this was outstanding. loved every bite.

  2. Lisa April 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    When do I add the other half of the cinnammon and oregano?

    • twoweeksatatime April 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Oops! Sorry about that! I add it when I add the tomato paste right before cooking – I like to add the spices in layers although that may just be the way I was raised 🙂
      I’ve made the correction on the recipe – thanks for pointing it out. Also, in case you don’t do a lot of slow cooker recipes, a lot of spices tend to get somewhat watered-down after cooking for long periods, so I find I sometimes need to re-spice right before serving. I wouldn’t do it with cinnamon b/c it would be too raw tasting, but you could do it with the oregano if it calls for it. Enjoy!

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