Cinnamon and a hint of cloves bring out the flavor of the lamb. Serve with crusty bread. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place eggplant halves, cut-side down, in a roasting pan. Add water to a depth of 1/2 inch. Bake until tender, 20 to 25 minutes; set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

  • While the eggplant is roasting, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground lamb and saute, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain off fat. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add red peppers and garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, oregano, thyme, cinnamon and cloves. Simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, until the mixture has thickened slightly, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Scoop out eggplant flesh and chop coarsely. Stir rice, broth, chopped eggplant and the reserved lamb into the tomato mixture; bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and place it in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. Dot with feta and serve.

Nutrition Facts

444 calories; total fat 10.4g 16% DV; saturated fat 4.5g; cholesterol 50mg 17% DV; sodium 658mg 26% DV; potassium 1140mg 32% DV; carbohydrates 67.8g 22% DV; fiber 10.4g 42% DV; sugar 15g; protein 21g 42% DV; exchange other carbs 5; vitamin a iu 1472IU; vitamin c 55mg; folate 227mcg; calcium 180mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 73mg; thiaminmg.

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Just spent 10 minutes digging through my old Eating Well magazines when I realized this oldie but goodie is probably on line. I've changed it a bit-I roast eggplant in oven for a deeper flavor (400 for 40 min) but pretty much follow the recipe as is. Comforting easy with leftover for lunches! Read More