Recipe: Mmmmoussaka

Here is a simple recipe for the yummy Greek Moussaka which we love calling Mmmmoussaka. This recipe was kindly donated to London Mums and extracted from the latest Ella’s Kitchen The Cook Book – The Red One. Enjoy! ella's kitchen recipe Mmmmousaka[1]

Serves: 4, Prep: 10 minutes, Cook: 50 minutes

Named after the sound little ones make when they eat it, this delicious dinner combines
lamb mince with smooth sweet potato for a scrummy twist. Using crème fraîche instead
of béchamel sauce saves you time without losing any creaminess.

What you need

2–3 tablespoons olive oil

½ onion, chopped (optional)

225 g/8 oz lean minced lamb

120 g/4¼ oz mashed sweet potato

1 small aubergine, sliced into rounds about 1 cm/½ in thick

1 large potato, sliced

100 g/3½ oz Cheddar cheese, grated

150 g/5½ oz crème fraîche

What to do

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1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan, add the onion (if using) and cook for 3 minutes over a medium heat until softened. Add the mince and cook for 4–5 minutes. Then, reduce the heat, add the sweet potato mash and cook for a further 1 minute. Remove from the heat; set aside.

3. Add the remaining oil to a large frying pan and gently fry the aubergine rounds for 10 minutes until soft.

4. Meanwhile, place the slices of potato in a large saucepan of water, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes until the potatoes are slightly softened but not mushy.

5. In a shallow ovenproof dish, put a layer of meat mixture followed by a layer of both potato and aubergine. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, finishing with a neat layer of the potato and aubergine slices.

6. In a bowl mix three-quarters of the grated cheese with the crème fraîche. Spread this
mixture over the top layer of the moussaka. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, then cook in the oven for about 30 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling.

Ella’s Shortcut
: To save having to mash up a sweet potato, try using 1 x 120 g/4¼ oz pouch of Ella’s Kitchen Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Apples + Blueberries and you get the added benefit of fruity goodness, too!

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