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Slow cooked moussaka

I haven’t written up a food post for a while. It’s partly because our oven has been broken for a few weeks – I know, shocking, I’m not sure how I’ve coped without baking therapy; well actually I do, it’s been sewing therapy instead, making some funky wet bags for the boys’ nappies! And it’s partly because I’ve been busy writing breastfeeding posts and doing stuff for the Nappyness Cloth Nappy LIbrary. The oven is now fixed so hopefully I can do some more baking next weekend.

moussaka Collage 2

With a broken oven, I’ve been so glad that we have a slow cooker. Last week we had an aubergine in the veg box, and as I was thinking about what I could do with it, moussaka sprang to mind. I think traditionally this is done with lamb, but as I can’t stand lamb, I went for turkey instead, as that’s the meat that I often substitute when a recipe calls for minced beef or lamb (I also make a turkey shepherd’s pie for example). I had a quick google and the first hit for slow cooked moussaka was another blog with a recipe that seemed to fit the bill. So, as usual, I adapted it to what we had in and my own tastes, and this is what I came up with….

moussaka Collage 1

The verdict from my boys was very positive, so much so that Tom suggested I cook it again when the younger boys’ Godmum came round for lunch on Sunday.

Ingredients

  • 1 aubergine
  • 1/2 courgette
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
  • handful of herbs (I had fresh sage in the tubs)
  • 400g turkey mince
  • olive oil
  • 1 pack feta

Method

  1. Slice the aubergine and courgette into fairly thin rounds.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic, and heat in a frying pan with some olive oil, until they start to brown.
  3. Add the minced turkey and cook until just grey.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and herbs, and stir well.
  5. Put about one third of the turkey mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker pot.
  6. On top of this, place a layer of sliced aubergine and courgette.
  7. Put about another third of the turkey mixture on top, then another aubergine/courgette layer, and repeat with the last third of the turkey mixture and the last of the veg.
  8. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours.
  9. In the last hour of cooking, add the feta to the top and replace the lid.
  10. Serve with rice, and freeze any that you don’t eat – it defrosts to make a yummy meal later in the week 🙂

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