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Moussaka and Brinjal Canneloni (Button)

Ingredients

For 5

Moussaka filling

  • 5 ml oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200 g minced lamb
  • 200 g button mushrooms, minced
  • 15 ml harissa paste
  • 5 ml ground cumin
  • 3 ml ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 jar passata tomato sauce
  • 410 g can brown lentils, drained
  • 150 g fresh ricotta, crumbled
  • 50 g thick Greek-style yoghurt
  • 35 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 0.5 jar passata tomato sauce

Moussaka and Brinjal Canneloni (Button) Method

  1. Brinjal rolls: Cut the brinjals lengthwise into ½ cm thick slices. Lightly brush both sides of the brinjal with some olive oil. Heat a griddle pan or braai. Cook the brinjal slices, in batches, for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
  2. Moussaka filling: Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 4 – 5 minutes. Fry the lamb and mushrooms for 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in the harissa paste, cumin, cinnamon and tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils and set aside to cool.
  3. To assemble: Preheat the oven to 160°C. Combine the ricotta cheese, yoghurt and half of the Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Place a brinjal slice on a work surface and top with a little of the ricotta mixture and a spoonful of the mushroom and lamb mixture. Roll up to enclose filling. Spread the remaining tomato sauce on the base of an ovenproof dish and place the brinjal roll on top. Repeat with remaining brinjal slices and place in a single layer in the baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the brinjals. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Top with fresh herbs, if desired, before serving.
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