Hob-to-table moussaka

Hob-to-table moussaka

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(127 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

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    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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germania
11th Sep, 2008
5.05
Fabulous, quick recipe that tasted every bit as good as it looks. Used pork mince as butcher had run out of lamb mince. Also used chargrilled eggplant (aubergine) from deli instead of using the jar equivalent. Have copied recipe and given to the guys at work as they all love easy recipes that they can impress the wife with!! This is ideal for a large group as recipe can very easily be multiplied to suit the number you intend feeding. Will definitely be using this one again.
catherinenowicki
5th Aug, 2008
5.05
This was delicious. I also used fresh aubergine, and even my aubergine-hating husband asked for more. The folded-in feta was a lovely finishing touch.
kerry76
27th Jun, 2008
5.05
I agree with Pablo, the lamb is better if the fat is drained off. I also use fresh aubergines (never seen the canned variety) and add a can of chickpeas at a friend's recommendation - they go really well!
pablot99
9th Jun, 2008
5.05
One of my favourite meals. I always use fresh aubergine. I also brown the lamb mince first then drain in a sieve to reduce the fatty taste which the lamb can sometimes give.
bumblesquat
8th May, 2008
Really tasty and as there's only 2 of us I had it in pitta bread for my lunch for the next 2 days as well.
helenlj
26th Mar, 2008
5.05
Very tasty - I'll certainly be making it again! I sprinkled the feta over and put the pan in the oven for the last ten minutes to help it melt.
ljwarrington
25th Mar, 2008
5.05
made this with veggie mince for around 8 guests for dinner and served with salad and pitta (as directed). they all loved it and kept on saying how tasty it was. i grilled it for about 5 minutes at the end so that the feta would be nice and toasted. used fresh aubergine too and the fresh mint was delightful. great stuff.
CVC74
3rd Mar, 2008
5.05
We love this recipe in our house, quick, easy and delicious. I use fresh aubergine instead of jarred, and have started to add a lamb stock cube which makes for a richer, thicker sauce.
homemadesoup
1st Mar, 2008
3.05
Used roasted aubergine and red pepper. Cheaper than product in jar. More readily available too.
lynnsarah
28th Feb, 2008
4.05
Very easy and quick to make, my husband who doesn't normally like mince in anything really enjoyed this recipe.

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