Turkish-Style Stuffed Eggplant
This recipe makes 6 servings
|Per each of 6 servings: about||-|
|total fat||22 g|
|sat. fat||8 g|
- Portion size: 4 to 6
Lamb is common in Turkish cuisine and easily found here in most major grocery stores.
- 1/3 cup 1/3cupbulgur
- 2 2eggplants, (each 1 lb/500 g)
- 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
- 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspsalt
- 2 tbsp 2tbspolive oil
- 1 lb 1lbground lamb or ground beef
- 4 4cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp 2tbsptomato paste
- 2 cups 2cupsdiced Spanish onion, (about half)
- 1 tsp 1tspground cumin
- 1/2 tsp 1/2tspground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp 1/4tspcayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp 1tspdried mint
- 2 2small tomatotomatoes, sliced
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.
Additional information : Tip: Slice a small piece off the bottom of each eggplant half to make it sit flat in the baking dish.
Source : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2010