I must admit I had never eaten Frugal Moussaka until my 30′s – and I then wondered why my Mum hadn’t made it before! It’s like a ‘different’ shepherds pie – this version is very cheap and easy to make – so perfect for Stay at Home Mum!
In a frypan heat the olive oil, add the chopped onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes until the onion is soft. Add the beef mince and brown well over medium heat. Add the grated carrot and zucchini and the beef stock. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens and reduces.
Meanwhile slice the eggplant into even slices and arrange on a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and bake for five minutes to soften slightly. Spread half the slices of eggplant over the bottom of your casserole dish, then pile high with the savoury mince mixture. Place the remaining slices on top and pour over the white sauce. Add the 1/2 cup of cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.
Serve with garlic bread and a garden salad.
To make the white sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave dish until bubbling. Add the flour and return to the heat to cook the flour ‘out’. Stir in the milk and use a whisk beat it smooth. Add to the heat until it thickens slightly, whisk in the eggs and seasonings.
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