Meat Stuffed Eggplant (Bitten Jen)

This Meat Stuffed Eggplant is full of delicious flavor, and is a filling, low-carb dinner. Cinnamon-scented lamb, tomatoes and toasted pine nuts make this dish unique and hearty!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Syrian
Keyword: Autumn Recipes, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Weekend Dinners, Winter Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories: 2359kcal


  • medium eggplants sliced in 2-inch rounds
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4  cup pine nuts
  • pound ground lamb or sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4  teaspoon allspice
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon pepper
  • large onion diced
  • 1/2  cup  chicken broth low sodium
  • 32  ounces crushed tomatoes low sodium


  • Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • 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.
  • Reduce oven heat to 350°F.
  • Place pine nuts on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes; set aside.
  • While pine nuts are toasting, melt clarified butter in a deep pan heated over medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Add onions and continue cooking for additional 5-7 minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Add chicken broth and deglaze the pan using the back of a wooden spoon to scrape up brown bits.
  • Pour in crushed tomatoes and toasted pine nuts, then remove from heat.
  • Carefully pour the meat mixture over the eggplant rounds and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Serve with plain yogurt, fresh parsley and extra pine nuts.


Calories: 2359kcal | Carbohydrates: 143g | Protein: 106g | Fat: 163g | Saturated Fat: 60g | Cholesterol: 370mg | Sodium: 4249mg | Potassium: 6219mg | Fiber: 52g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 2160IU | Vitamin C: 120mg | Calcium: 569mg | Iron: 23.9mg
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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