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Rec: Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts- from Yotam Ottolenghi
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Posted to Thread #29741 at 4:26 pm on Jul 10, 2017
Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts From 'Jerusalem'
Prep Time: 45 minutes | Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours | Servings: Serves 4 generously
4 medium eggplants (I used the long Japanese eggplants)
(about 2 pounds/1.2 kg), halved lengthwise
6 tablespoons/90 ml olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 medium onions (12 ounces/340 grams in total), finely chopped
1 pound/500 grams ground lamb
7 tablespoons/50 grams pine nuts
2/3 ounces/20 grams flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons tomato paste
3 teaspoons superfine sugar
2/3 cup/150 ml water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon tamarind paste
4 cinnamon sticks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Place the eggplant halves, skin side down, in a roasting pan
large enough to accommodate them snugly. Brush the flesh with
4 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon salt and plenty of black pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
2. While the eggplants are cooking, you can start making the stuffing by heating the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan. Mix together the cumin, paprika, and ground cinnamon and add half of this spice mix to the pan, along with the onions. Cook over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often, before adding the lamb, pine nuts, parsley, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and some black pepper. Continue to cook
and stir for another 8 minutes, until the meat is cooked.
3. Place the remaining spice mix in a bowl and add the water, lemon juice, tamarind, the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, the cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mix well.
4. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F/195°C. Pour the spice mix into the bottom of the eggplant roasting pan. Spoon the lamb mixture on top of each eggplant. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil, return to the oven, and roast for 1 1/2 hours, by which point the eggplants should be completely soft and the sauce thick; twice during the cooking, remove the foil and baste the eggplants with the sauce, adding some water if the sauce dries out. Serve warm, not hot, or at room temperature.
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- 29741. Tomato Recipes. Another informal cooking class at my community garden. These four recipes - Joe - 7:02pm on 07/07/17 (4)
- Thank you! They look wonderful. Just tried his eggplant with lamb - delicious! [NT] - rhoward2va - 9:42am on 07/08/17
- Could you post? - Pam - 3:45pm on 07/10/17
- Rec: Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts- from Yotam Ottolenghi - rhoward2va - 4:26pm on 07/10/17
- Served this salad with the eggplant dish. Yotam recipe but I amended it a little. - rhoward2va - 4:34pm on 07/10/17