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Meat Stuffed Eggplant (Bitten Jen)

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Ingredients

2 medium eggplants, sliced in 2-inch rounds

1 TBSP olive oil

1/4 c pine nuts

1 lb ground lamb (or sirloin)

1 TBSP clarified butter

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 large onion diced

1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium

32 oz crushed tomatoes low sodium

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Lay the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared pan, and using a pastry brush, brush evenly on both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then broil eggplant 5 minutes per side, until browned.  Place broiled eggplant in the bottom of a 9x13 a glass baking dish.
  3. Reduce oven heat to 350.
  4. Place pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes; set aside.
  5. While pine nuts are toasting, melt clarified butter in a deep pan heated over medium-high heat.
  6. Brown meat in the butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Cook for 5-7 minutes using a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks.
  7. Add onions and continue cooking for additional 5-7 minutes until onions are translucent.
  8. Add chicken broth and deglaze the pan using the back of a wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits.
  9. Pour in crushed tomatoes and toasted pine nuts, then remove from heat.
  10. Carefully pour the meat mixture over the eggplant rounds and bake for 45 minutes.
  11. Serve with plain yogurt, fresh parsley and extra pine nuts.

Courses Dinner

Recipe by Fox and Briar at https://www.foxandbriar.com/meat-stuffed-eggplant-bitten-jen/