Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(90 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

    ol-iv oyl

    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

    mi-nt

    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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laura_howard
26th Nov, 2013
This was one of the best, new recipes I've made in a long time. Made it with beef mince, and put the sliced aubergine under the grill before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
sarahjs7
31st Oct, 2013
Made this with beef mince and an aubergine, really tasty, needed half the feta cheese amount as that tasted quite strong but a great dish overall, served with rice.
mademoisielle
5th Oct, 2013
Delicious! I used minced beef and fresh aubergines (cut in cubes and baked in olive oil) and soft feta cheese which I mixed with the sauce, very much recommended!
lovelylina
3rd Oct, 2013
Really yummy and easy to cook. Full of flavour. I added chickpeas and lamb stock as others recommended and served with toasted pitta bread. Very tasty dinner, would definitely recommend.
ashmeps
24th Sep, 2013
5.05
As others, I modified this by using fresh aubergines (sliced, brushed with oil and baked), adding a diced courgette, and a lamb stock cube dissolved in 1/4 pint of boiling water. I also left out the mint. It was easy and truly gorgeous!
frowne
16th Jul, 2013
5.05
Very tasty. I added sweet paprika and a little bit of all spice, delish.
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samantha.jones
11th Jul, 2013
This is awesome, the best meal i'v cooked in a while
somersetness
25th Jun, 2013
I didn't have any aubergine so used some grilled peppers - was described as delicious and amazing by my kids!
panixx
30th May, 2013
5.05
Cooked it many times and we like it very much (my kids love it). I use fresh aubergine, cut it into slices and bake before adding to the tomatoe sauce.
suzannecalder
29th May, 2013
5.05
Such a tasty dish. I added the tomato puree before the tinned tomatoes and cinnamon and cooked it out for a minute. I also used fresh aubergine and sliced it thinly, pan frying it on both sides for a couple of minutes before adding it to the dish. And finally I added a pinch of sugar to counteract the bitterness of the tomatoes.

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