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Tuesday 23 June 2015

Lamb Moussaka with tomatoes, peppers and Caerphilly cheese

Lamb moussaka with tomatoes and peppers

There are many lovely recipe ideas for a Moussaka and this hearty lamb moussaka is a brilliant family friendly recipe, just made for batch cooking, make two and freeze one. The Caerphilly Cheese topping just adds to this lovely dish. 

Serves Four
1 tbsp olive oil
800 g lamb mince
2 onions, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cloves garlic, crushed

4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
300 ml low-salt lamb or veg stock (such as Kallo), made with a cube
1 kg aubergines, cut into 1cm slices
3 red peppers, quartered and de-seeded
300 g readymade watercress sauce
2 large egg yolks
80 g Caerphilly cheese, crumbled

1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC, fan 200ºC, gas 7. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and cook the lamb on a high heat in batches, ensuring you get a good golden crust on the mince.
2 Transfer each batch to a bowl, then clean the pan. Sweat the onions for 10 minutes, covered. Add the cinnamon and garlic, and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes and stock to the onions, then transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Cover and cook for 40 minutes. Leave to cool
3 Meanwhile, place the aubergines and peppers on 2 baking trays, brush with oil and season. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, swapping the trays round halfway through.
4 Remove the aubergines and peppers from the oven and reduce the temperature to 200ºC, fan 180ºC, gas 6. Assemble the moussakas in 2 x 2 litre ovenproof dishes. Divide half the lamb mixture and all the tomato mixture between the 2, layer over the aubergines and peppers and spoon over the remaining lamb. Mix together the watercress sauce and egg yolks and drizzle over the top. Crumble over the cheese and bake one for 40 minutes.
5 To freeze the other dish, cool it completely and freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost and cook as before, or cook from frozen, doubling the cooking time. Check that it's piping hot in the middle before serving

Original recipe idea here

I hope all the family enjoy this low carb recipe ... of course, if preferred, you can always made a slightly smaller moussaka just amend the ingredients accordingly.

All the best Jan

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