In the Levant, moussaka is a cooked dish made up primarily of tomatoes and eggplant, similar to Italian caponata, and is usually served cold as a mezze dish. In Lebanon, it is based on eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas, and is often eaten hot. Onionin invites you today to try a new amazing oriental version of moussaka with halloumi and ricotta cheese topping that will melt your heart away!
1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Slice the eggplant into 1cm slices. Brush with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes until soft.
3. Chop the onion finely and fry until soft. Add the garlic and mince. Brown the mince. Add the tomatoes, basil (shredded) and some seasoning. Simmer to reduce the tomatoes to a thick sauce.
4. To make the topping, grate the halloumi cheese into a bowl. Add the ricotta, flour and the egg yolks. Add a little milk if the mixture is too thick.
5. Beat the egg whites until they reach the soft peak stage (not stiff peaks). Season the egg and cheese mixture and then fold in the egg white, being careful not to knock all the air out of the egg white.
6. To assemble the dish, put half the meat mixture in an ovenproof dish. Add a layer of eggplant, the rest of the meat and another layer of eggplant. Pour the egg and cheese topping over the top and bake until the topping is risen and golden, about 20 to 30 minutes, and serve hot.
This recipe can also be made with beef mince or brown lentils and carrots for a vegetarian version.