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Brookdale's Ostrich Moussaka Stack Recipe

Ostrich Moussaka Stack / Brookdale Health Hydro (p)

Ostrich Moussaka Stack / Brookdale Health Hydro (p)

Ostrich Moussaka Stack with a Lemon Herb Yoghurt Drizzle

Ostrich moussaka stack with a lemon-herb yoghurt drizzle. Ostrich is lean and easy to digest. It is fast becoming available in our local groceries stores. I could eat yoghurt breakfast, lunch and dinner so I like the fact that it is used in many of the recipes - so much better than a lemon-butter sauce.

Serves 4


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 30 ml beef stock powder
  • 350 g ostrich mince
  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2,5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 2,5 ml ground nutmeg
  • 250 ml beef stock [extra]
  • 60 ml fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 60 ml fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 medium size brinjals, sliced length-ways (discard two outside pieces)
  • 2 small red peppers, quartered herb salt and black pepper


  1. Combine onion, garlic and stock in a medium size saucepan and cook until soft. 
  2. Add mince, tomatoes and spices and stir until mince is browned.
  3. Add extra stock and bring to the boil allow to simmer until liquid is absorbed. 
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh herbs.
  5. Rub brinjals and peppers with a little olive oil.
  6. Place on a hot griddle pan until browned and softened.
  7. When ready to eat, make the stack combining brinjal, peppers and cooked mince on a serving plate, drizzle with lemon herb yoghurt and top with fresh rocket leaves.

Lemon Herb Yoghurt Drizzle


  • 250 ml plain low fat yoghurt
  • 15 ml lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 30 ml Italian parsley, finely chopped herb salt and black pepper
  • 150 g fresh rocket leaves


  1. Combine all ingredients. 
  2. Serve topped with fresh rocket leaves. 

Brinjals are very low in fat and calories, but a good source of soluble fibre and B-vitamins. They will add low caloric value, but high nutritional value to any meal!

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713