Moussaka

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I have heard this name on many a cooking show, the latest being Mary Berry’s show.

When I first heard of it, I thought it was a vegetable casserole, because it had aubergines in, but it was far from a vegetable casserole.

Also I was a bit sceptical to try making it because I am not a massive fan for aubergines both taste and appearance put me off, but seeing as this was a dish, I really really wanted to try out, I put on mu big girl panties and make it for lunch.

I came across a very easy recipe in Lisa Clarks book “Everyday.”

Of course I wouldn’t be me, if I did not tweak it here and there. For the cheese topping I had mozzarella balls and trying to grate those balls was a disaster so I opted for cheddar cheese instead.

I really really loved this dish I couldn’t stop eating it, I gave up on eating from the plate and opted to eat it straight out of the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x batch basic bolognaise.
  • 2 x large aubergines, thinly slices and lightly grilled.
  • 1 x tsp cinnamon powder.
  • ¼ x tsp all spice powder.
  • a cup of grated cheese.
  • White sauce ( 75g butter + 100g cake flour+500ml full fat warmed milk).

Method :

  • Heat the bolognaise add the spice powder and cinnamon powder and give it a good stir.
  • To make the white sauce, Melt the butter and add the cake flour, stirring for about 1 minute till bubbles start to form in the mixture. Slowly add the milk and whisk till well combined, cook till the mixture starts to thicken and remove from the heat.
  • To assemble, layer an oven proof dish with the aubergines, then mince and then the white sauce making sure that you end with a layer of aubergines.
  • Top with the grated cheese.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees till the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

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