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Lamb Moussaka Recipe

 


Moussaka

Prep Time ~ 30 mins Cooking Time ~80 mins
Approx Cost ~ £12 Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 6

Tip ~ If you dislike the taste of feta, this can be ommitted from the topping and replaced with grated Cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

1kg / 2 ¼ lb aubergines, trimmed

5 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

450g / 1lb onions, peeled and finely sliced

3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

700g / 1 ½ lb lamb mince

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste

400g can chopped tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick, slightly crushed

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon chopped oregano

Topping:

200g carton Greek style yogurt

1 large egg

50g / 2oz Parmesan cheese, grated

Ground nutmeg

75g / 3oz feta cheese, roughly crumbled

 

Method

  • Cut the aubergines into thick slices, brush both sides with a little olive oil and lay on large baking sheets.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roast at 200C, Gas mark 6 for 35 - 40 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large pan.  Add the onions and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, until soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Tip into a bowl and set aside.
  • Put the mince in the pan and brown, stirring, over a high heat.  Return the onions and garlic to the pan.
  • Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, cinnamon, bay leaves and oregano.  Bring to a simmer and add seasoning.  Simmer, half covered for 20 minutes.
  • To make the topping, put the yogurt, egg and half the grated Parmesan into a bowl and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Mix together using a balloon whisk, until combined.
  • Spoon half the lamb mixture into a 2 litre / 3 ½ pint ovenproof dish.  Cover with half the aubergine slices, overlapping them as necessary.  Season well and repeat the layers, finishing with aubergine slices.
  • Scatter the feta on top, then pour the yogurt mixture over the crumbled feta and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until golden brown.