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Eggplant and Lamb al Forno


This Mediterranean dish, layering eggplant and lamb, is a baked feast for cooler weather days.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1995


  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium eggplants, (about 1 1/2 pounds total), ends trimmed, cut into six 1/4-inch-thick rounds each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 can (28-ounce) whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dry breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Salt eggplant well, arrange in colanders, and place weighted bowls on top. Let drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper; cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Add oregano, cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne; cook 2 minutes more. Add lamb, and cook until it browns, about 5 minutes. Drain fat from pan. Break up tomatoes, and add to pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until sauce starts to thicken, about 8 minutes.

  3. Place 4 eggplant slices in an 8-inch square baking pan, and top with a third of the sauce. Repeat twice, making 4 3-layer stacks. Combine 1 teaspoon parsley and breadcrumbs; sprinkle over the top.

  4. Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with remaining parsley; serve hot.

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  • PeoriaGirl
    23 OCT, 2011
    If I didn't know better, I would think I wrote the other review! I've been making this since the mid 90's and so grateful I didn't have to search through my old copies to find it. Like NJH2, this recipe helped me discover eggplant and it has since become one of my favorite vegetables. Like having moussaka without all the calories.
  • NJH2
    3 JUN, 2011
    I have been making this recipe since it first was in the magazine (1994?) and still love it. I've lost the issue, but always find it on the internet by searching Martha, Eggplant and cinnamon. I found it in 2002, 2005, 08 and now 2011. I use ground pork and sometimes Japanese eggplant and make a stew or casserole. Still tastes the same. Thanks Martha. This is how I started to like eggplant.