Creamy Greek-Style Eggplant Casserole

Creamy Greek-Style Eggplant Casserole
20 min
55 min
14 one-cup servings
  • Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk and lean ground turkey make this a more healthful way to enjoy a traditional Greek favorite – moussaka. Filled with flavorful spices like oregano and cinnamon, this protein-packed, creamy eggplant casserole is a great way to expand your culinary repertoire.



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 (about 1 1/2 pounds) large eggplant, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

Coat large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add turkey and onion; heat over medium-high heat or until turkey is no longer pink. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, cinnamon, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to simmer. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Meanwhile, whisk together flour and 1/4 cup evaporated milk in medium saucepan until smooth. Add additional 2 1/4 cups evaporated milk and remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Place egg in small bowl; whisk 1/2 cup hot milk mixture into egg. Whisk milk and egg mixture into saucepan; cook for 1 minute longer until thickened.

Step 4

Combine potato flakes, hot water and remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk in medium bowl.

Step 5

Layer half the eggplant slices on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spoon meat mixture evenly over eggplant; top with 1 cup potato mixture and pour half of white sauce, spreading evenly. Layer remaining eggplant slices over white sauce, top with remaining potato mixture and white sauce. Cover with foil.

Step 6

Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.



For a more traditional flavor, substitute 1 pound ground lamb for the turkey; drain after cooking.