Making Moussaka

I don’t make moussaka very often as OH isn’t the biggest fan of aubergine but he will put up with this – what I think is a delicious – vegetable every once in a while in a moussaka.

A recipe, should it be of use to anyone:

450g Lamb mince (you can use beef mince but that would make it a moo-ssaka- okay, no more ‘jokes’)

Aubergine – I just used one large one, you could do more

Onions – two medium onions chopped

Garlic – to personal taste, I used 6 cloves

Passata – one small box

Ground cinnamon – one teaspoon

Herbs – I used dried oregano – a generous sprinkle

Salt and Pepper

For the topping:

Butter – 75g

Plain flour – 75g

Milk – enough to make the sauce, probably close to a pint

Grated cheese – again as much as you like depending on how cheesey you want it 75g is a fair amount

Grated nutmeg

Eggs – 2

First of all I made the mince mixture – chopped and then softened the onions in oil, once they had softened I added the chopped garlic, cooked that for just a couple of minutes  and then added the mince to brown.    Once browned add the passata, salt and pepper, herbs and cinnamon.  Let this cook for a little while.

Meantime, slice your aubergine and fry each slice on both sides until golden brown.

Then get a casserole dish and layer the mince and the aubergine slices.

Now for the topping.

Melt the butter in a pan, once melted add enough flour to make a paste, then slowly add the milk, stirring all the time to get a smooth sauce.   Put in as much grated cheese as you want (leaving some to sprinkle on the top of the moussaka before it goes in the oven), salt and pepper and grated nutmeg.   Cook this through.   Then take it off the heat and let it cool.     Whisk up your eggs in another bowl and once the sauce has cooled pour the eggs in and whisk to incorporate.   Pour this mixture over the mince and aubergine layers, scatter some cheese across the top and put it in the oven on 180 to cook for an hour.

Here’s one I made earlier:

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As you can see we had this with wild rocket (on offer in Lidl this week), black olives and chopped cherry tomatoes – yum.

OH really enjoyed it and asked why I don’t make it more often – because you always tell me you hate aubergines!!!!

Now to do some quilt sewing.

Hope you have all had a good day and enjoyed the sunshine a little.

Until tomorrow…

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