Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 medium eggplants (about 11/4 pounds each), split lengthwise

  2. 4 tablespoons olive oil

  3. 1 pound ground lamb, or lamb sausage removed from casings and crumbled

  4. 1 1/2 cups chopped onion

  5. 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers

  6. 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  7. 1 teaspoon salt

  8. 1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows

  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  10. 3 medium Roma plum tomatoes , seeded and chopped

  11. 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

  12. 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano

  13. 1 cup bread crumbs

  14. 1 cup crumbled Feta

  15. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  16. 2 tablespoons salt

  17. 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  18. 1 tablespoon black pepper

  19. 1 tablespoon onion powder

  20. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  21. 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  22. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Halve the eggplants lengthwise and with a sharp knife score the pulp in a diamond pattern, being careful not to pierce the skins. Scoop out the pulp with a spoon, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. Chop the pulp.

  3. Place the eggplant shells on a greased baking sheet and lightly brush the inside of each half with about 1 teaspoon of olive. Bake until the shells are softened but not brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

  4. In a heavy skillet heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook, stirring, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels. Add the onions and bell peppers to the fat in the pan and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, eggplant, salt, Essence and pepper, and cook until the eggplant is soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until they give off their liquid, 3 minutes. Add the parsley and oregano , and stir well. Remove from the heat. Stir in 3/4 cup of bread crumbs and mix well into the vegetables. Stir in the feta, and re-season as needed.

  5. Divide the filling among the eggplant shells, and sprinkle the remaining 1/4-cup of bread crumbs over the tops. Bake until the tops are golden and the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes.

  6. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  7. Yield: about 2/3 cup Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.


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