Eggplant Moussaka with Bulgur

This is a fun way to cook with eggplant. With exotic flavors and different textures of the heartiness of bulgur and creaminess of béchamel sauce, this dish is both interesting and flavorful.

3 eggplant, cut in 1 inch thick rounds
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups onions, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup bulgur, uncooked
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
1 cup water
14 oz. can chopped tomatoes, undrained
1 cup marinara sauce
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
cooking spray

  • Turn oven to 450 degrees.
  • Brush eggplant slices with half the olive oil and place in pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle eggplant with half teaspoon of salt. Bake eggplant for 20-30 minutes or until browned. (You can also broil if you prefer for 5 minutes on each side.)
  • Heat skillet and add remaining oil to pan. Sautee onion and garlic for six minutes and add bulgur. Cook on low heat for three minutes to lightly toast bulgur. Add water, chopped tomato and marinara sauce, one teaspoon salt and seasonings. Cook for one more minute and remove from heat.
  • In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add flour. Cook one minute and slowly whisk in milk, removing all lumps. Bring to a simmer and continue to heat until thick, whisking constantly. Stir in two tablespoons parmesan cheese and remaining salt. Remove from heat and whisk in egg.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place bulgur mixture into sprayed 11×7 pan and top with eggplant. Spread with milk mixture and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered in oven for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 1 hour, fifteen minutes

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Nichola Mac D
Nichola Mac D3 years ago

Sarah I bookmarked this recipe yonks ago & just made it tonight. Goodgodgirl it was friggin AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
Really tasty, thanks so much! I didn't have any bulgur so I used buckwheat instead, but honestly girl, if I was a bloke I'd marry you for a recipe like this!! :)

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Sounds delicious! Thanks

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Sara, for Sharing this!

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

Thank you! This dish sounds wonderful.

JL A4 years ago


Leena K.
Leena K4 years ago

Have to try this.

Nichola Mac Donough
Nichola Mac D4 years ago

yum; yum; YUM!!!

Sue H.
sue H4 years ago

Looks like a good dish!