Traditional moussaka

Prep: 120 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Traditional moussaka
You can use potatoes if you don’t have aubergines and layer in any other vegetables that you may have.

3 aubergine, peeled and sliced

6 large potatoes, cooked and cubed

500g lamb mince

2 onions, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

120ml red wine

2 tbsp parsley

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

225g tomato puree

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp sugar

230g breadcrumbs

8 egg whites, lightly beaten reserve yolks for the white sauce

120g parmesan cheese

225g salted butter

150g flour

960ml milk, warmed

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6 and prepare a baking tray with baking sheets.

Gently beat the egg whites and add the breadcrumbs.

Rinse the aubergine slices and dry with paper towels before dipping into the egg whites and then the breadcrumbs.

Once coated with breadcrumbs, place the aubergines on baking sheets and place in the oven for 30 minutes.  

While the aubergines are cooking you can prepare the meat filling.

In a large sauté pan, gently brown the beef. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes before adding the garlic. Cook for a further minute.

Pour the wine into a saucepan and add the cinnamon, allspice, parsley, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and sugar. Allow to simmer until the liquid is evaporated about 15 minutes.

While that is simmering, melt the butter over a low heat and whisk in the flour to make a paste. Stir in the warmed milk and leave on the heat until it is thick. Do not allow to boil.

Stir in the egg yolks and pinch of nutmeg. Return to heat and stir until sauce thickens.

Sprinkle the bottom of an ovenproof dish with the breadcrumbs and layer on the potatoes. Top with the aubergines and layer on the meat. Sprinkle with the cheese add another layer of aubergines.  Pour the white sauce over it and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Place in the over for 50 minutes until the top is golden. 


Preparation Time
120 minutes

Cooking Time
45 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Eggs, Cheese, Vegetables, Lamb

Recipe Type
Dinner, Family Dinners, Healthy

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

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