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Mediterranean lamb in baked eggplant
Mediterranean lamb in baked eggplant
Preparation time:
15 mins
Cooking time:
50 mins
6-8 Serves


  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 600g lamb mince
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 Tbsp dried mint
  • 2 handfuls fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ bunch parsley, leaves picked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • 4 eggplants
  • 100g parmesan, grated
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 40ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • Extra parsley, chopped, to serve
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Heat oil in a small heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden. Set aside.
  3. Put lamb, garlic, cinnamon, chilli, mint, breadcrumbs, egg and parsley in a food processor and process until a smooth paste forms. Season well.
  4. Halve eggplant lengthways. Using a melon baller, scoop out about ½ the flesh to leave a cavity. Set aside.
  5. Season inside each eggplant half, then spoon equal amounts of lamb mixture into each cavity. Top each half with a little cheese. Put eggplant in a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 170°C.
  6. Combine stock, tomato paste, tomatoes, eggplant balls and oil. Pour mixture around eggplant, but don’t cover entirely. Add bay leaves. Cover dish with a sheet of baking paper, then with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. To serve, sprinkle parsley over eggplant halves and spoon over any sauce. Serve with rice.


  1. When choosing eggplant, look for firm, shiny, brightly coloured fruits that feel solid and heavy for their size. The fruit is fresh if the stalk is stout, firm and green.
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You can use minced chicken instead of the lamb. Or, for a vegie version, stuff with cous cous or quinoa.

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