moussaka

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Moussaka is a classic Greek dish with delicious layers of potato, eggplant, sauce and cheese. Hearty and packed full of vegetables, this is a family favourite.

?Serves: 8-10
? Prep: 2 mins    Cook : 1.5 hrs

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 600g lean beef or lamb mince
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 1 zucchini (grated)
  • 1 handful of mushrooms (diced)
  • 1 cup stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley or dried mixed herbs

 

LAYERS

  • ½ cup tasty cheese (grated)
  • 2-3 eggplants (peeled and sliced into 1 cm thick slices)
  • sunflower, canola or olive oil
  • 3 potatoes (thinly sliced)

 

CHEESE SAUCE

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 3 tbsp grated cheese
  • ¼ tsp mustard, optional

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC
  2. Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium heat
  3. Add onion to pan and fry onion until light brown
  4. Add mince and stir until brown
  5. Add mushrooms, carrots and zucchini and fry for 2 minutes
  6. Add tomato sauce, stock, nutmeg and parsley/herbs
  7. Cook slowly for 20-30 minutes while you prepare other elements
  8. Add 1/4 cup grated cheese
  9. In a separate fry pan, heat a little oil over medium heat
  10. Fry eggplant in batches until light brown
  11. Drain on paper towel
  12. Microwave potatoes for five minutes or until soft

 

To make cheese sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat
  2. Turn down the heat and add flour, stirring constantly with a whisk
  3. Add milk gradually, continuing to stir constantly
  4. Add cheese and mustard and continue stirring until cheese has melted and it is smooth

 

Layering

  1. Layer half of the eggplant on the bottom of a heat proof dish
  2. Follow with a layer of the potato
  3. Scoop on all of the meat mixture
  4. Layer on the rest of the eggplant
  5. Follow with the cheese sauce
  6. Top with remaining cheese
  7. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes
  8. Serve with a colourful salad

 

Note

Try adding more vegetables to the meat mixture, we like to add lentils and diced capsicum

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