Recipe of the Week – 19th January 2014 – Vegetarian Moussaka (Take 2!)

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This is a modification of one of my previous recipes as I love to experiment and tweak things, and I found that this variation involving sweet potatoes added a nice dimension to the classic recipe whilst retaining all of the original’s flavour.

Serves 6

Ingredients

500g aubergines, sliced to approx. 10mm
400g sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced to approx. 10mm
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
300g mushrooms, sliced
400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
150g whole green lentils
4tbs olive oil
400g tin chopped tomatoes
700ml good vegetable stock (from bullion)
1 bay leaf
2tsp dried Herbes de Provence
1tsp dried mint
2tbs tomato purée
3 large eggs
350ml natural yoghurt
50g cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Salt the aubergine slices and leave to juice for 30 minutes in a colander.
2. Place the lentils, bay leaf and stock in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes.
Drain thoroughly and remove bay leaf.
3. Add the sweet potato slices to a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes to par-boil. Drain and set aside the slices.
4. Heat 2tbs of oil in a large saucepan, and add the garlic and onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add in the lentil mixture, tomatoes, tomato purée, chickpeas and herbs and bring to the boil before
simmering gently for a further 10 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 180C. Dry the aubergine slices and shallow fry in 2tbs of oil in batches until
golden brown, turning frequently.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste to the lentil mixture. Arrange a layer of aubergines in a large shallow
dish and add over a layer of the lentil mixture then add a layer of sweet potato slices. Repeat until all the aubergines and sweet potatoes are used up, finishing with the aubergine slices to decorate.
7. Mix the eggs, yoghurt and salt and pepper together and beat well. Pour over the mixture
and sprinkle with the cheese.
8. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Garnish with parsley or basil and serve immediately.

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