The Hairy Bikers’ Moussaka is a delightful and satisfying dish, combining layers of tender, seasoned meat, sliced eggplant, and a creamy béchamel sauce. This Greek-inspired meal is a wonderful choice for family dinners or when you’re looking to impress guests with a flavorful and filling entrée.
What is Hairy Bikers Moussaka?
Hairy bikers moussaka is a delicious version of the classic Greek dish, made by the famous British chefs and TV personalities, the hairy bikers. It is a layered casserole of minced lamb, aubergines, potatoes, and a creamy béchamel sauce, seasoned with herbs and spices. It is baked in the oven until golden and bubbly and served hot with a green salad or some bread.
The recipe serves 6-8 people and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to prepare.
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Why You Love this Recipe
There are numerous reasons to adore this recipe:
- It’s straightforward to prepare, with easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions.
- The dish is rich in flavor and has a satisfying texture.
- It offers a great way to use leftover lamb, though fresh lamb works just as well.
- It’s an excellent dish for gatherings, sure to satisfy both family and guests.
- The recipe is adaptable to suit individual tastes and preferences.
Ingredients Needed to Make Hairy Bikers Moussaka
To make the Hairy Bikers moussaka recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 750g/1lb 10oz lamb mince
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1½ tsp dried mint
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 200ml/7fl oz red wine
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 aubergines, cut into 5mm/¼in slices
- 1 tbsp fine sea salt
- 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
- 500g/1lb 2oz Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the béchamel sauce, you will need:
- 50g/2oz butter
- 50g/2oz plain flour
- 400ml/14fl oz milk
- 25g/1oz Parmesan, finely grated
- 1 tsp finely grated nutmeg
- 1 free-range egg, beaten
Instructions to Make Hairy Bikers Moussaka
To make the hairy bikers moussaka recipe, follow these steps:
Step 1: Prepare the lamb sauce
- Put the lamb, onion, garlic, oregano, mint, bay, and cinnamon in a large heavy-based frying pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
- Stir in the flour and add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Add the wine, tomatoes, and tomato purée and bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened. Season again if needed and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the aubergines
- Place the aubergine slices in a colander and sprinkle with the tablespoon of salt. Set aside for 10 minutes. Rinse the aubergine slices under cold running water and pat dry with a clean tea towel.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan and fry the aubergines for 2–3 minutes on each side, adding more oil when necessary. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
Step 3: Prepare the potatoes
- Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain in a colander under running water until cold.
Step 4: Prepare the béchamel sauce
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas.
- Just before the mince is ready, make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for a few seconds, then gradually stir in the milk. Add half the Parmesan and the grated nu…