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I've taken the traditional Greek recipe, usually made with lamb, and transformed it into a veggie delight for the lovely Amanda Holden - this dish is one of her favourite foodie memories from her childhood and it's pretty damn good!

Provided by Jamie Oliver

Categories     Mains     Vegetables     Dinner Party     Mother's day     Sunday lunch     Greek     Potato

Time 2h30m

Yield 12

Number Of Ingredients 21

15 g dried porcini mushrooms
2 onions
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4 sprigs of fresh sage
dried oregano
250 ml red wine
1 x 660 g jar of chickpeas
100 g dried brown lentils
4 fresh bay leaves
2 x 400 g tins of quality plum tomatoes
4 large firm aubergines
800 g potatoes
750 ml semi-skimmed milk
5 black peppercorns
75 g unsalted butter
75 g plain flour
50 g feta cheese
50 g kefalotyri or pecorino cheese
2 large free-range eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
  • Just cover the porcini with boiling water, then set aside to rehydrate.
  • Peel and finely slice the onions and garlic, then place in a large pan over a medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Strip in the rosemary and sage leaves and add 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Roughly chop the porcini (reserving the soaking liquor) and add to the pan, then fry for 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat up to high, then add the wine and let it bubble and cook away.
  • Stir in the chickpeas (juice and all), lentils and 2 bay leaves. Scrunch in the tomatoes through your clean hands, then pour in the porcini soaking liquor (discarding just the last gritty bit).
  • Season with sea salt and black pepper, bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat for 1 hour, or until thickened and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  • Trim the aubergines and peel with a speed-peeler, leaving a little of the skin to create a stripy effect, then slice into 1cm-thick rounds. Place in a colander, sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and leave in the sink to drain (the salt will draw out the moisture).
  • Peel the potatoes and slice into rough 1cm rounds, then parboil in a pan of boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and leave to steam dry, then place in a large, deep roasting tray (30cm x 40cm).
  • Season, drizzle with oil and scatter over 1 heaped tablespoon of dried oregano. Toss well to coat, then roast in a single layer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden and tender.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the aubergines and pat dry with kitchen paper, then spread out across a few large roasting trays.
  • Drizzle with oil, season with pepper and oregano, then roast alongside the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Warm the milk with the remaining 2 bay leaves and the peppercorns in a pan on a medium-low heat - keep an eye on it. Before it boils, strain into a jug, then wipe out the pan and return to a medium heat.
  • Melt the butter, then stir in the flour to form a paste. Start adding the hot milk, a splash at a time, stirring in each addition before adding more, until you have a smooth, creamy sauce.
  • Crumble in one-third of the feta and grate in one-third of the kefalotyri, then simmer over a low heat for a further 5 minutes, or until thick and smooth. Leave to cool slightly.
  • To assemble, spoon half the ragù over the tray of potatoes, then layer half the aubergines on top. Repeat with the remaining ragù and aubergines.
  • Separate the eggs (saving the whites for another recipe). Whisk the yolks into the sauce, then pour over the aubergines. Crumble and grate over the remaining cheese, drizzle with oil, and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden.
  • Leave to stand for 30 minutes, then serve. Great with a Greek salad.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 311 calories, Fat 12.6 g fat, SaturatedFat 6 g saturated fat, Protein 12.6 g protein, Carbohydrate 35.4 g carbohydrate, Sugar 8.8 g sugar, Sodium 1 g salt, Fiber 5.8 g fibre


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Provided by Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Time 1h30m

Yield 4 to 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves washed and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced
3 large tomatoes, washed and sliced
1 yellow squash, washed and sliced
1 white onion, sliced thick
1/4 pound green beans, cleaned and cut in 1/2
1 red peppers, washed and julienne
1 green peppers, washed and julienne
1 yellow peppers, washed and julienne


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brush a large baking dish extra-virgin olive oil. Season the pan with parsley, salt and freshly ground pepper. Layer the vegetables in the same procedure as lasagna, alternating the different vegetables. Season between the layers with salt, pepper and parsley. Save most of the tomatoes for the top layer. Bake for about 1 hour or until all the vegetables appear soft. Season the top with chopped parsley, salt, freshly ground pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil.


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I had never really cooked hotdish, but my restaurant entered this moussaka in a local hotdish festival, so I think it qualifies! It's based on a Turkish version of the dish, with French lentils in place of ground meat.

Provided by Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Time 3h

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 20

3 medium eggplants (3 to 4 pounds)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
2 cups dried French lentils
Vegetable oil, for frying, plus more for the pan
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups tomato puree
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground pepper
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
2 cups milk
3 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 large egg yolks
1 cup crumbled sheep's milk feta cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Char the eggplants over a gas burner, turning with tongs, 4 to 6 minutes. Let cool, then slice 1/2 inch thick.
  • Arrange the eggplant slices on two baking sheets. Brush with olive oil on both sides and season with salt. Roast until golden and cooked through, 20 to 22 minutes. Set aside.
  • Combine 6 cups water and the lentils in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until the lentils are tender but not mushy, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  • Fill a large wide pot with 1 inch of vegetable oil. Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350˚ F or a piece of bread dropped in turns golden quickly. Working in batches, fry the potato slices a few at a time until golden but not too brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the potatoes to a rack to drain and season with salt.
  • Make the lentil-tomato sauce: Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large wide pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add the cooled lentils and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree, tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, the oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and 3 grinds of pepper and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Make the béchamel: Combine the cinnamon stick, milk and heavy cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the nutmeg and set aside.
  • In another saucepan, melt the remaining 1 stick butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, 3 to 5 minutes (do not let it brown). Slowly whisk in the heavy cream mixture, bring to a simmer and cook until thick and bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes; remove from the heat. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then temper them by whisking in 1 cup of the béchamel; whisk the tempered egg mixture into the remaining béchamel. Season with salt and pepper and add the feta.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Oil an extra-large baking dish or roasting pan. Layer half of the eggplant in the bottom of the pan, then pour half of the lentil-tomato sauce on top, spreading it in an even layer. Top with a layer of half of the potatoes and then spread with half of the béchamel. Repeat the layers (eggplant, lentil-tomato sauce, potatoes, béchamel).
  • Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. (If the top browns too quickly, cover with foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.) Let cool, then cut into pieces.


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This recipe always gets rave reviews from vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Easy to make, but takes time. Serve with salad.

Provided by Anne Buchanan

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     European     Greek

Time 2h

Yield 7

Number Of Ingredients 20

1 eggplant, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil, or more as needed
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
2 potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
½ (14.5 ounce) can lentils, drained with liquid reserved
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 ½ tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups milk
ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Sprinkle eggplant slices with salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Rinse and pat eggplant dry. Cook eggplant and zucchini in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate, reserving as much oil as possible in the skillet
  • Adding more oil to skillet as needed and let it get hot. Cook potato slices in hot oil until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side; remove with slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate, again reserving oil in the skillet.
  • Saute onion and garlic in reserved oil until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in vinegar, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low; cook until liquid is reduced in volume and thick. Stir in tomatoes, lentils, 1/2 the juice from lentils, oregano and parsley. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Layer about 1/3 of the eggplant, 1/3 of the zucchini, 1/2 the potatoes, 1/2 the onions, and 1/2 the feta into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Pour tomato mixture over vegetables; repeat layering, finishing with a layer of eggplant and zucchini.
  • Cover and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Stir butter, flour, and milk together in a small saucepan; bring to a slow boil, whisking constantly until thick and smooth. Season with pepper and nutmeg; stir. Remove from heat, cool for 5 minutes, and stir in beaten egg.
  • Pour sauce over vegetables and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for another 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 239.8 calories, Carbohydrate 25.5 g, Cholesterol 58.2 mg, Fat 11.8 g, Fiber 4.8 g, Protein 10.2 g, SaturatedFat 6.4 g, Sodium 425.7 mg, Sugar 9.3 g


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Omit the lamb and serve up a vegetarian version of this classic Greek bake with creamy cheese topping

Provided by Sara Buenfeld

Categories     Dinner

Time 1h10m

Number Of Ingredients 15

140g dried green lentil
2 onions , halved and sliced
2 garlic cloves , chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
400g can chopped tomato
1 reduced-salt vegetable stock cube
200g sweet potato , thinly sliced
1 large aubergine , sliced and the biggest slices halved again
250g low-fat fromage frais
1 large egg
50g feta cheese , crumbled
4 tomatoes , thickly sliced


  • Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the lentils, onions, garlic, herbs and spices in a large pan, and pour in 850ml water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Tip in the tomatoes, stock cube, sweet potato and aubergine, then cover and simmer for a further 20-25 mins until the lentils and veg are tender, and the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the bay leaves.
  • Meanwhile, beat the fromage frais, egg and cheese together. Tip the lentil mixture into a large ovenproof dish, cover with the cheese mixture, then arrange the tomatoes on top. Grind over some black pepper and bake for 25 mins until the topping is set. Will keep for 3 days in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 213 calories, Fat 4 grams fat, SaturatedFat 2 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 30 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 13 grams sugar, Fiber 9 grams fiber, Protein 15 grams protein, Sodium 1 milligram of sodium

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