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Stuffed Eggplant: Submitted by: Vicky | Date Added: 22 Mar 2016
Listed in: Vegetables
Ingredients

SERVINGS
6-8

YIELD
20 rolls

2 eggplants (large, the longer the better)
2 lbs ground meat (i prefer 1lb beef, 1lb lamb)
2 onions (1 medium finely minced, 1 larger diced)
2 -3 garlic cloves (finely minced)
1 egg
2 tomatoes (large, firm)
6 ounces tomato paste (can)
14 ounces beef (can) or 14 ounces chicken stock (can)
1/2 cup lemon juice
salt
pepper
turmeric (or curry powder)
spices (any others you desire, I like CUMIN, CORIANDER, etc.)
oil (canola, vegetable, or olive)

Cooking Instructions

Peel the eggplant, trim off the top and bottom.

Stand eggplant up, and cut LENGTHWISE into 1/8'' thin strips.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin.

Heat a very thin layer of oil on a skillet and fry the eggplant slices in batches, turning once to brown on both sides - do NOT overcook (they will cook to perfection at a later stage) - remember to add a fresh (thin) layer of oil for every batch of eggplant fried - let the eggplant slices try on paper towel.

In a bowl: mix together the ground meats, the medium onion and garlic (both finely minced), spices to taste (don't overkill), and beaten egg.

Form the ground meat mixture into cylinders (sausage like rods) 1'' thick and 2'' long.

Place a portion of the meat stuffing at one enf othe eggplant slice, and WRAP the eggplant around it - place the rolls in a baking dish.

Slice up one tomato, and layer on top of eggplant/meat rolls.

In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and saute 1 large diced onion. When soft, add in 1 tomatoe (chopped), salt, pepper, tumeric/curry powder, and any other spices. Stir around until fragrant.

Add tomato paste, beef/chicken stock, and lemon juice - this is your sauce - bring to boil, then cover and let simmer/thicken for 15 minutes.

Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, pour it INTO the baking dish (it should cover all the rolls and reach near the top of the dish - this is good (more gravy/sauce for the rice, and ensures a nice even cooking of the meat).

Cover with lid (or aluminum foil), and BAKE at 450 degrees for 1 hour (or until done; one hour is certainly enough).

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