Luckily for me, my family are always happy to try new foods,
which makes dinner time quite interesting and not too repetitive, which is important as there are 7 of us. So when I saw this recipe for Lamb Moussaka I thought "Why not?". My teenagers are turning out to be quite good cooks themselves and the little ones love to bake, but sometimes being in the kitchen by yourself with something new to make can be quite therapeutic, so I took my recipe and headed off by myself.
I won't give you quantities, but you can probably work it out based on how many you're cooking for.
Minced lamb Aubergine (sliced) Courgettes (sliced) Potatoes (sliced) Onion (chopped) Garlic (finely chopped) Large tomatoes (chopped) A Cinnamon stick A Bay leaf Olive oil
200g butter 200g flour 1 1/2 litre milk 3 eggs Good pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated or ground) Graviera or Manchego cheese (although I just used mature cheddar as I could find neither at the time)
Pre heat oven to gas mark 6
Fry veg in olive oil, (I did it in batches) and drain on kitchen paper.
Fry onions and garlic for a few minutes then add mince until brown. Season with salt, pepper and paprika, (paprika wasn't in the recipe, but it goes in nearly everything I cook) fry for a few minutes.
Add tomatoes, the cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Leave on a medium heat to simmer while you make your sauce. Stir occasionally.
If you make your own cheese sauce anyway then it should be a breeze. If you don't, it's not hard. Just don't stop stirring! Melt the butter and then add the flour to make a roux.
Slowly add the milk a little bit at a time, (I like to warm my milk, but it really doesn't matter). While adding the milk... Never stop stirring, that's how you avoid lumps!
Once you've added all the milk and its nice and smooth turn off the heat. (I tend to take my pot off the stove too, but again that's just my way. So long as you turn the heat off it's fine). This is so when you add the eggs they don't scramble. Add your eggs... Still stirring continuously. Add nutmeg and cheese.
Layer up like you would a Lasagne
Pour sauce on top and bake in the oven for 20-30 mins, or once nice and brown on top.
We had it with salad but you can have it with whatever you fancy on the side.