Yotam Ottolenghi’s moussaka

Serves: 0
Course: Main Course
Cooking Time: 2 hrs 0 mins
  • 2 or 3 aubergines (about 700g), cut into 3cm cubes
  • 450g minced lamb
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 15g fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 65g tomato paste
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2tsp ground allspice
  • ½tsp red-pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 400g can whole, peeled plum tomatoes with their juices
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 20g roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 450g plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1½tbsp plain flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 70g finely grated Parmesan
  • 100g roughly crumbled feta
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 2tbsp roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼tsp red-pepper flakes

Step 1 Heat the oven to 240 Celsius.Add the aubergine, lamb, onion, oregano, oil, tomato paste, garlic, cinnamon, allspice, red-pepper flakes, 1¾tsp salt and a good grind of pepper to a 26cm-by-34cm (or similar) roasting tin and mix well to combine. Bake until the mixture is well browned, stirring twice throughout and breaking apart the meat with a spoon – 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 2 Remove from the oven and continue to break apart the meat very well. (Don't worry if you break apart some of the aubergine, too.) Add the canned tomatoes with their juices, lightly crushing the tomatoes by hand. Stir in the chicken stock and parsley, then return to the oven and bake for another 35 minutes, stirring twice throughout, until the sauce is thick and rich and the aubergine is very soft. Remove from the oven and turn the temperature up to 250 Celsius.

Step 3 While the casserole is in the oven, prepare the topping. Whisk together the yogurt, yolks, flour, garlic and half the Parmesan with ¼tsp salt and a good grind of pepper. Once ready, spoon the yogurt mixture over the lamb and aubergine, gently spreading to cover. Top evenly with the remaining Parmesan, feta, pine nuts, parsley and red-pepper flakes.

Step 4 Bake until golden and bubbling – 15 to 20 minutes. Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before serving. – New York Times