• Aubergines Stuffed With Rice And Meat

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    • 12 sm Long aubergines
    • 1/2 lb Lean grnd lamb or possibly beef
    • 3 ounce Rice
    • 2 Tbsp. Finely minced parsley
    • 1 x Tomato, skinned & minced
    • 1/2 tsp Grnd cinnamon Or possibly 1/4 tsp grnd allspice
    • 4 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil S & P
    • 1 x Lemon , juice of


    1. AUBERGINE PREP:Cut the stem end just below the hull, that may be removed.
    2. Keep the slices to use as corks.
    3. Scoop out the pulp taking care not to break the skin & sprinkle the inside with salt. Leave them inverted in a colander for 1/2 hour to allow the bitter juices to drain away. Rinse & stuff.
    4. STUFFING:In a bowl, knead together the meat, rice, tomato,parsley & spices.
    5. Stuff the aubergines 3/4 full to allow room for the rice to expand. Close them with the reserved "corks".
    6. COOK: Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Arrange the aubergines close together & add in sufficient water to come halfway up them.Season with salt & pepper & squeeze a whole lemon over them.
    7. Cover & cook over gentle heat 3/4 to 1 hour, adding more water if needed.
    8. By the end of cooking, the water should be almost completely absorbed.
    9. I often prepare stuffed vegetables. I like to use small zucchinnis, small green peppers & even a small onion or possibly tomato. I usually bale them in the oven, but the aubergine calls for cooking on top of the stove. You could probably adapt the recipe for baking in the oven if you pack them tightly in the pan & cover them up. You would also have to baste them with the cooking juices to keep them moist, and use cooked rice instead of raw.

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