Millions of us have found our lives completely changed in the last few weeks, as the coronavirus lockdowns across the world have become the new norm.
Millions of people are out of work, or work from home, finding themselves with additional free time, which sometimes is impossible to be used productively.
Have you ever thought that, while in isolation, you could put that time to good use by practicing your cooking skills with traditional Greek recipes made with a twist?
Moussaka is a popular, perhaps all-time favorite, Greek dish and is the ideal recipe for you to play with while stuck at home.
There are many creative modern twists on moussaka that any foodie can appreciate. So, get ready to take notes to serve up your favorite version below:
Rustic roasted vegetable, vegetarian moussaka
Why not lighten things up for those who are not the biggest meat fans with a rustic roasted vegetable alternative moussaka?
This dish combines typical ingredients found in Greek cuisine such as delicious peppers and juicy eggplant, but instead of meat, add puy lentils (also very typical in Greek households). Just roast the veggies and layer them. Top it off with béchamel sauce and serve.
This rustic moussaka is sure to impress your children, who normally might not like lentils and vegetables!
Light and creamy moussaka with cauliflower béchamel
This mouth-watering alternative makes it the perfect main course for your Sunday dinner. No matter whether you like moussaka or not, this cauliflower béchamel twist 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.
A veg-heads dreamy lentil and eggplant moussaka
This version does not focus on a variety of roasted veggies, however, it is made of delicious eggplant, a tomato sauce, and lentil beans to replace the meat.
Where it gets creative is by whisking up some ricotta cheese and Greek yoghurt to top it off.
A great alternative that offers a nutritional take on this classic.
Individual servings of moussaka
Why not serve up individual servings of this traditional dish?
This makes a great alternative to meal starters or the main dish, in a more Mexican, tapas-style. You can put your own spin on the dish and they take a fraction of the time to make compared to regular moussaka.
Modern art, vegan abstract of moussaka
These are by far the trendiest ingredients that can go into this version of moussaka.
For those looking to incorporate super-foods full of nutrients 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.
An artistic display of simple eggplants filled with lamb moussaka
When you are looking for a simplified and delicious version of moussaka, chef Peter Conistis has one that is sure to turn heads.
This time the dish is made with braised lamb necks that are stuffed into vertical, whole eggplants, filled with smoked and creamed eggplant flesh and topped with baked ricotta cheese.
How can you say no to this gastronomic marvel?
Posh moussaka layered with seared sea scallops and taramosalata
For those food lovers who are looking to impress their family during this pandemic, 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 dabbing a sharp tomato salsa in between layers of classic Greek taramosalata.
The dish is from chef Peter Conistis as well, and it sure is a twist on this Greek classic delicacy.