Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(88 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Try this rich, hearty and quick variation on the classic family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat39g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.31g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 400g/14oz can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 200g/7oz jar chargrilled aubergines in olive oil, drained and chopped
    Aubergine

    Aubergine

    oh-ber-geen

    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 200g/7oz pack feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
    Mint

    Mint

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    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

Method

  1. Brown the mince: Heat the oil in a large, shallow pan. Toss in the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the mince and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until browned.

  2. Season and simmer: Tip the tomatoes into the pan and stir in the tomato purée and cinnamon, then season generously with salt and pepper. Leave the mince to simmer for 20 minutes, adding the aubergines half way through.

  3. To serve: Sprinkle the crumbled feta and chopped mint over the mince. Bring the moussaka to the table as the feta melts and serve it with a crunchy green salad and toasted pitta.

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Comments, questions and tips

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martinjameshastie
7th Jun, 2011
This was a first for me! Totally loved the different flavours! I used fresh aubergine as well which just explodes with flavour. Feta cheese melted on top with the pita bread! Awesome meal! Will definately make it again!
kjdc80
6th Apr, 2011
5.05
Made this last night and thought it was a great recipe for Moussaka that can easily be done midweek. I used the jarred aubergine which saved alot of fuss and time and tasted great. Next time I would drain the excess oil after I'd cooked the lamb, but otherwise would stick exactly to the recipe.
prettywhitelight
4th Apr, 2011
5.05
This is always a winner in our house, so tasty, but I find I do have to add quite a lot of seasoning. I always griddle my own aubergines as i think it's probably better for us and I can control the amount of oil.
mrscrunke
4th Mar, 2011
5.05
This is delicious - I love greek food but often find traditional moussaka too creamy with the bechamel sauce so this recipe is a great alternative. It's quick, easy and completely delivers on flavour. Great served with a fresh salad and wholemeal pitta bread!
juizni
26th Feb, 2011
5.05
So easy and tasty! Didn't even need to follow the recipe. I'm not a usual fan of moussaka but this was so light and the feta and pita worked so well even my Greek boyfriend was impressed!
lorens_pin
10th Jan, 2011
5.05
Quite lovely and packed with flavour, definitely a future family favourite. Served it with crispy toasted pittas and a crunchy green salad. Will try it again with fresh aubergines either fried in a wee bit of olive oil or griddled.
maacka
29th Dec, 2010
5.05
This has become a favourite in our house - I make it at least twice a month! I always use fresh aubergine, chopped into pieces and fried in little bit of olive oil. I also use beef instead of lamb mince. Fantastic!
sameshrie
8th Nov, 2010
4.05
Easy but yummy take on moussaka. Roasted fresh aubergine as couldn't get jarred variety and added stock cube. Satisfying and perfect mid week supper. Will do again.
alexandraaas
18th Oct, 2010
4.05
Delicious! Used fresh aubergines as opposed to a jar. Really easy but still nice. I served with rice.
pinkystan
12th Aug, 2010
5.05
Absolutely delicious! We served it with a greek salad, after some houmous, tzatziki and taramasalata with pittas to start. Nommy : )

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