The best way to cook with aubergine? We think it's in Lamb Moussaka. Try this recipe for the family and let us know how it came out!
950 g lean lamb, minced
3 large aubergines
150ml extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole and only lightly smashed
500 ml white wine
1 x 400 g tin diced tomatoes
1 x 5 cm piece cinnamon stick
4 black cardamom pods
1 handful fresh oregano leaves, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Topping: 75 g butter
75 g plain flour
600 ml full cream milk
200 g parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 medium free-range eggs, beaten
Method 70 mins
Preheat the oven at 200 C.
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and fry the onions until they are soft and golden and remove from the pan.
In the same pan, add the minced lamb and fry on high until the meat is brown and loose.
Make sure that there are no lumps, add a drop of oil if you really need to, but try to do this on the pan without the oil because lamb is quite fatty.
Add the wine, the garlic cloves, the tomatoes, the cinnamon and the oregano and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes.
Cut the stalks off the aubergines and cut them lengthways into ½ cm thick slices.
Heat up the oil in a large saucepan until it’s hot, add a splash of olive oil and fry the aubergine slices quickly until they are just soft and lightly coloured on each side.
Lift them out with tongs and start to layer over the base of a large (about 2,5 litre) ovenproof dish and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Continue layering until all the aubergines are used up, adding more oil to fry should this be necessary.
To make the topping, melt the butter in a non-stick pan, add the flour and cook over a medium heat for a minute or so to cook the flour.
Gradually whisk in the milk and bring to the boil, stirring swiftly (as you would any white sauce) and leave to simmer very gently until it is thick, whisking more often that not.
Stir in the cheese and check and correct the seasoning to taste, allow the sauce to cool and beat in the eggs.
Remove the cinnamon stick and black cardamom pods from the lamb sauce, season