Turkish-Style Stuffed Eggplant

Author: Canadian Living

Lamb is common in Turkish cuisine and easily found here in most major grocery stores.
 

  • Portion size 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup bulgur
  • 2 eggplants (each 1 lb/500 g)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups diced Spanish onion (about half)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 tomatoes sliced

Method

In saucepan, bring 3/4 cup (175 mL) water to boil; stir in bulgur. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until no liquid remains, about 10 minutes. Fluff with fork; set aside.

Meanwhile, pressing lightly, roll eggplant over work surface to loosen flesh; cut in half lengthwise. With spoon, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/2-inch 1 cm) thick shells. Sprinkle shells with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the lemon juice and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the salt; set aside. Chop flesh.

In skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; sauté lamb, garlic and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the remaining salt until meat is no longer pink. Drain fat. Add tomato paste; cook until no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Stir in bulgur, breaking up with spoon; transfer to large bowl.

Heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; sauté chopped eggplant, remaining salt, onion, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne until vegetables are softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Add to lamb mixture. Stir in parsley, mint and remaining lemon juice.

Fill eggplant shells with lamb mixture; place in casserole dish just large enough to hold them snugly. Spread tomato slices over top. Cover with lightly greased foil. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for 1 hour.

Nutritional facts Per each of 6 servings: about

  • Sodium 633 mg
  • Protein 16 g
  • Calories 355.0
  • Total fat 22 g
  • Potassium 616 mg
  • Cholesterol 53 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 28 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 21.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 18.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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