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Foodies Look No Further—Here’s a Modern Twist on Greek Moussaka

Greek Moussakas. Credit: Cyprus Tourism CH/CC BY 2.0

Moussaka is a favorite Greek dish, and it is the perfect summer platter for your foodie gatherings.

There are many creative modern twists on moussaka that any foodie can appreciate. Get ready to take notes to serve up your favorite version at your next party.

Rustic roasted vegetable, meatless moussaka

Why not lighten things up for the summertime heat wave by indulging your guests with a rustic roasted vegetable alternative moussaka? This dish combines typical ingredients found in Greek cuisine such as peppers and eggplant, but instead of meat, add lentil beans (also very typical in Greek cuisine). Just roast the veggies and layer them. Top it off with béchamel sauce and serve. This rustic moussaka is sure to impress your foodie friends.

Impress your guests with posh moussaka layered with seared sea scallops and taramosalata

For foodies looking to impress their guests at their next get together, this dish is sure to do the trick. Try a fusion version of moussaka, using creamy scallops and eggplant for the body of the dish, while dabbling a sharp tomato salsa in between layers of classic taramosalata. The dish is from chef Peter Conistis, and it sure is a twist on this Greek classic!

Great summer treat—light and creamy moussaka with cauliflower béchamel

Lightening up this dish makes it the perfect main course for your summer party. Take it to potluck dinners or picnics. No matter where you go, this cauliflower béchamel moussaka is sure to please, especially those who eat dairy-free. You can sneak in other veggies for substitutes to other ingredients, as well. Use your imagination, and there is no limit to how you can transform moussaka.

Artistic display of simple eggplant filled with lamb moussaka—yum

When you are looking for a simplified and delicious version of moussaka, Peter Conistis, a chef, has one that is sure to turn heads. This time, the dish is made with braised lamb necks stuffed into vertical, whole eggplants, filled with smoked and creamed eggplant flesh, and topped with baked ricotta.

A veg-head’s dreamy lentil and eggplant moussaka

This version does not focus on a variety of roasted veggies; however, it is made of just eggplant, a tomato sauce, and lentil beans to replace the meat. Where it gets creative is by whisking up some ricotta and Greek yogurt to top it off. This will add to the Greek flavors of the dish. It is a great alternative with a nutritional punch on this classic.

Modern art abstract of moussaka

By far the trendiest ingredients go into this version of moussaka. For those looking to incorporate super-foods into traditional Greek dishes, look no further than this dairy-free, vegan alternative. This dish uses potatoes as a substitute for meat and coconut oil mixed with flour and almond milk make up the creamy béchamel sauce. It doesn’t get any healthier or abstract than that.

Individual servings of moussaka

Why not serve up individual servings of this traditional dish? This makes a great alternative to party starters or a main dish, tapas-style. You can put your own twist on the dish, and it takes a fraction of the time to prepare compared to regular moussaka.

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