Recipe

Mega vegie moussaka

Packed full of veg and your choice of mince

  • 2 hrs 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Layers of roasted veg and your choice of mince or lentils and topped with a ricotta bechamel sauce, this mega veg moussaka lives up to its name.
Looking for a classic moussaka recipe or more Greek recipes?

Ingredients

  • 800 grams dutch cream potatoes, peeled
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 medium eggplants (1.2kg)
  • 1 medium onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 fresh long red chilli, chopped finely
  • 1 medium carrot (120g), chopped finely
  • 1 medium red capsicum (bell pepper) (200g), chopped finely
  • 400 grams jar arrabbiata pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 200 firm fetta, crumbled
  • ½ cup (50g) grated mozzarella
Pick-your-protein
  • 500 grams lean minced lamb OR
  • 500 grams minced turkey OR
  • 400 grams can lentils, drained, rinsed
Ricotta béchamel
  • 1½ cups (360g) fresh ricotta
  • 1 cup (280g) greek yoghurt
  • 3 eggs, beaten lightly
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    Cut potatoes into 1cm thick slices; place on lined tray in a single layer. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, top with 2 teaspoons of the oregano, then season. Turn potato slices to coat evenly. Roast for 30 minutes or until browned.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, cut 3 eggplants lengthways into 1cm (½in) thick slices. Place eggplant in a single layer on two trays; brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil, season and scatter with 1 teaspoon of the oregano. Cook eggplant slices, in batches, on a heated chargrill plate (or chargrill pan or barbecue) for 5 minutes on each side or until tender and lightly charred; transfer to a plate.
  • 4
    Cut remaining eggplant into 2cm pieces. Heat remaining oil in a large heavy-based saucepan; cook onion, garlic and chilli for 4 minutes or until soft. If your choice of protein is lamb or turkey mince, add to pan; cook, stirring to break up lumps, for 4 minutes or until browned. Add chopped eggplant; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until golden and soft. Stir in carrot and capsicum; cook for 4 minutes. Stir in arrabbiata sauce, ½ cup (125ml) water, thyme and remaining oregano. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until eggplant is soft. If your choice of protein is lentils, stir into eggplant mixture; season.
  • 5
    To make ricotta béchamel, process ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  • 6
    Arrange potato slices in a single layer in an oiled 22.5cm x 36cm , 3-litre (12-cup) ovenproof dish; top with half the protein mixture, then arrange half the eggplant slices on top in a single layer. Repeat with remaining protein mixture and eggplant slices. Spoon ricotta béchamel on top; scatter with fetta and mozzarella.
  • 7
    Bake for 55 minutes or until mixture bubbles and top is golden. Stand for 10 minutes; serve.

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