Eggplants Stuffed with Lamb, Rice, and Currants
A small amount of ground lamb adds a lot of flavor to this dish, which is further enhanced by the meatiness of the eggplant.
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 ounces ground lamb (90 percent lean)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 2/3 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup short-grain brown rice
- 3 tablespoons dried currants
- 4 small eggplants (about 8 ounces each)
- 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- Garnish: chopped fresh parsley and mint,and finely grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in an ovenproof pot over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring often, until soft and lightly caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes. Add lamb, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until lamb is cooked through and no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Add stock, rice, and currants. Bring to a simmer. Cover, and transfer to oven on lowest rack. Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice eggplants in half lengthwise; brush each cut side with 1/4 teaspoon oil. Roast, cut sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet on top oven rack until centers are soft and tops are browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool.
Gently scrape eggplant flesh into a large bowl, reserving skins. Stir in lamb-rice mixture, chopped herbs, and lemon zest. Divide stuffing among eggplant skins. Garnish with more herbs and lemon zest.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2011