Seriously Easy Moussaka

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Seriously Easy Moussaka

I’ve never really thought about moussaka until recently when I was craving lasagne but wanting a low carb alternative. The only downside is that like lasagne this is a bit time consuming but I’ve kept it as simple as possible!

enough for 3-4
takes an hour

3 medium eggplant
450g (1lb) minced (ground) beef or lamb
700g (3cups) tomato passata (puree NOT concentrated tomato paste)
300g (1 1/4cups) sour cream
2 handfuls grated parmesan
baby spinach or salad leaves, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Slice eggplant about 1/2 inch (1cm) thick. Place on an oven tray and drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

2. Roast eggplant until really soft – about 30 minutes, turning about half way.

3. Meanwhile, brown meat in a hot pan with a little oil. Then add the tomato and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Taste and season with salt if needed.

4. Cover the base of an oven proof dish with the meat (mine was 22cmx28cm / 8inx11in but it doesn’t need to be exact). Layer over the cooked eggplant and top with remaining meat.

5. Mix sour cream and Parmesan then spread carefully over the top. Depending on the size of your dish it may not completely cover so I leave some space around the edges (see photo).

6. Bake 200C for about 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly and browned on top. Serve with salad on the side.

Variations

vegetarian – replace beef with cooked lentils or beans.

dairy-free / paleo – replace the sour cream and parmesan with a few handfuls almond meal or soft bread crumbs. Scatter over the top to give a lovely crust.

vegan – combine the vegetarian and dairy-free options.

more veg – feel free to layer in other cooked veg like roast zucchini, capsicum (bell peppers) or mushrooms.

carb lovers – add in a few layers of lasagne sheets and expect to cook for longer.

more substantial (low carb) -serve larger serves.

short on time – use grilled eggplant from the deli and serve with meat sauce + cheese on top.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

eggplant – will keep for a few weeks in a plastic bag in the fridge. For longer, sliced and rub with oil and grill until soft and browned. Can be frozen if needed.

minced (ground) beef or lamb – freeze it.

tomato passata – keep it in the pantry.

sour cream – keeps for weeks in the fridge.

parmesan – wrap in waxed paper or baking paper and store in the fridge in a sealed paper bag or airtight container. Will keep for months. Can be frozen if you’re going away.

baby spinach or salad leaves – are highly perishable. My first path would be to use them for another meal (salad for breakfast!) but if that isn’t possible you can pop them in the freezer. They will wilt down but can then be used anywhere you’d use wilted greens. At least this way they wont go slimey.

Prepare Ahead

Yes! Just cook as per the recipe but keep the baby spinach / salad separately. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen.

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Jo Crosby June 1, 2019

Yum. Replaced the meat with a 400g tin of red kidney beans for a vegetarian version. Excellent recipe.

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jules June 2, 2019

Wonderful Jo!
I wouldn’t have thought of kidney beans – good to know they work well 🙂

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Susan Stone May 2, 2019

This sounds great, but when seasoning the meat I would probably add some nutmeg, and possibly a bit of cinnamon, which would give me the flavor I expect from the dish. I know that goes over the number of ingredients you normally use, but for me the flavor would be worth it.

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jules May 3, 2019

I’d probably add the nutmeg to the cream and cinnamon to the meat – totally good for you to use more than 6 ingredients Susan 🙂

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Sandra Olsen February 25, 2017

This was so yummy! Couldn’t get husband to eat it, but I enjoyed it for several days. Thanks!

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jules March 2, 2017

Yay Sandra!
Totally your husband’s loss – tell him even my picky 3-year-old loves it (and normally he’s suspicious of anything with vegetables and/or ‘sauce’)
Jx

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Noor Shehabi February 18, 2017

Is this recipe freezable once baked?
-N

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jules February 19, 2017

Yes Noor!

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Kelly Tackett January 13, 2017

So it’s eggplant in Australia, not aubergine?

(Super yummy recipe, by the way.)

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jules January 18, 2017

Yes it’s eggplant but I perfer the sound of aubergine!
jx

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