Cinnamon and a hint of cloves bring out the flavor of the lamb. Serve with crusty bread.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995


Recipe Summary

1 hr


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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; protein 21g 42% DV; carbohydrates 67.8g 22% DV; dietary fiber 10.4g 42% DV; sugars 15.3g; fat 10.4g 16% DV; saturated fat 4.5g 22% DV; cholesterol 49.9mg 17% DV; vitamin a iu 1472.3IU 29% DV; vitamin c 54.6mg 91% DV; folate 227.2mcg 57% DV; calcium 180mg 18% DV; iron 4.8mg 27% DV; magnesium 72.6mg 26% DV; potassium 1140.1mg 32% DV; sodium 658.3mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 43% DV.

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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