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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Lamb moussaka recipe. Enjoy Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Lamb moussaka.
Takes: 40 mins to prepare and 1 hr 30 mins to cook
3 aubergines, sliced into 1cm lengths
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 garlic clove, sliced
500g lamb mince
1tbsp tomato puree
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
75ml white wine
1tsp ground cinnamon
For the topping
75g plain flour
50g Kefalotyri, Parmesan or strong Cheddar cheese grated
freshly grated nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
Sprinkle the aubergines with a little salt in a colander and leave, pressed down with a plate and a weight, to drain off any excess moisture for 30 minutes. (This prevents them soaking up too much oil).
Preheat the panggangan to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4.
Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic for about five minutes. Turn the heat up a little, add the lamb mince and cook until browned, breaking any lumps up with a wooden spoon. Stir in the tomato puree and cook out for one minute. Add the tomatoes, wine and cinnamon and allow to bubble up. Season. Reduce the heat to its lowest, then simmer for around 30 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and fry the aubergines in batches on each side until golden brown. Drain each batch on kitchen paper.
Make the topping: Melt the butter in a saucepan, then stir in the flour until you have a smooth paste. Whisk in the milk a little at a time, stirring until the sauce is smooth and lump-free. Allow to simmer very gently for 10 minutes or so to cook out the flour, then stir in the cheese and a little nutmeg. Allow to cool.
Layer the meat sauce and aubergines in a deep casserole, finishing with a layer of aubergines. Whisk the eggs into the cheese sauce then spoon over the aubergines.
Bake in the panggangan for around 40 minutes until the top is golden and puffed up. Leave to rest once cooked for 10 minutes to allow the dish to settle.