Oven-baked moussaka with a cheesy topping

Easy moussaka

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Less work than traditional moussaka and gluten-free, our Greek-style bake of potatoes and aubergines layered with lamb mince is topped with crème fraîche

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal624
  • fat46g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre7g
  • protein27g
  • salt9g
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
    Potato

    Potato

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  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 500g carton passata
  • 2 aubergines, cut into slices
    Aubergine

    Aubergine

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  • 300ml tub crème fraîche
  • 140g cheddar, grated
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Method

  1. Boil the potatoes whole for 20 mins or just until tender. Drain and allow to cool.

  2. Return the pan to the heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil and the onion. Cook until softened, then add the lamb. Fry the mince for 5 mins or until cooked through and starting to char. Add the garlic and spice, and stir in the passata. Bring to a simmer, then season to taste, take off the heat and set aside until needed.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Warm a griddle pan over a high heat and brush a little oil over the aubergines. Grill for 2-3 mins each side or until char lines appear. You may have to do this in 3-4 batches.

  4. Once cool enough to handle, cut the boiled potatoes into thick slices. Put 1 tbsp oil in the base of a deep ovenproof dish and start with a layer of potatoes, then aubergines, a sprinkling of seasoning, then a layer of the lamb mixture. Repeat until all the mixture is used up, ending with a layer of aubergines. Spread the crème fraîche over the top and scatter with the cheese. Put in the oven for 10 mins or until the cheese is golden.

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Judith Biscoe's picture
Judith Biscoe
3rd Oct, 2018
I really do not think moussaka tastes right using potatoes instead of aubergines, it doesn't have the true flavour aubergines give it.
kerhysf
8th Oct, 2018
This recipe doesn't suggest you use potatoes instead of aubergines; it uses both.
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Matthew Siegal
7th Aug, 2018
Fantastic recipe! Definitely cook the potatoes for longer than 20 minutes and add some dried mint to the mix to give it a more authentic moussaka taste.
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Aga Schirm
23rd Jul, 2018
5.05
Excellent!
DropWallet
29th Sep, 2016
Great recipe, but definitely make sure your potatoes are as tender as possible before adding.
shamblepop
8th Sep, 2016
4.05
Great recipe - very tasty! Make sure the potatoes are tender before you drain them because they don't get long in the oven (I had to bake for longer to compensate - I think the potatoes I used were too large).
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Josephine Hale
30th Sep, 2018
Can I freeze this mousaka? The recipe is for 4 people! I cook for two but would like to freeze half?
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goodfoodteam
3rd Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. We don't suggest freezing this recipe as crème fraîche tends to split when frozen.
misslulu
10th Sep, 2017
I use large potatoes and cook them in the microwave as you would for a jacket potatoes then slice them and put on top. If you don't like the skin on quite easy to skin when hot. I leave the skin on and had no comments and it gets eaten even by my fussy husband who always picks the skin off new potatoes.
Isabellsteadx
28th Feb, 2017
4.05
I found this recipe really tasty and my whole family loved it! I would recommend cutting the potatoes in half when boiling them and to also bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes rather than 10.