Beef and Eggplant Bake With Polenta Crust

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by lasagna-o-holic

This looks so yummy I just have to cook it and share it with everyone. I just love winter food like this! Best served with a green salad.

Top Review by 5thCourse

Perfect combination of flavours! The polenta sets off the rich meat and eggplant. I was lacking the red wine and tomato paste, but it still disappeared with gusto!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Place eggplant in colander, sprinkle salt all over, leave 30 min, rinse then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium frypan; cook onion, capsicum and garlic, stirring until onion softens; add beef, cook stirring until beef browns.
  3. Add paste, cook stirring for 2 minutes; add wine, cook stirring 5 minutes; add undrained tomatoes; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated. Chop 1/4 of the basil coarsely and add along with the oregano.
  5. Preheat oven to moderate heat (180°C)(350°F).
  6. Cook eggplant on heated oiled grill plate until just browned.
  7. Meanwhile, combine stock and milk in medium saucepan; bring to a boil; gradually add polenta, stirring constantly; reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until polenta thickens.
  8. Using 3 litre dish, layer 1/2 eggplant, then 1/2 beef mixture, repeat then top with remaining basil; spread polenta on top then sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Cook, uncovered, in moderately hot oven about 20 minutes or until top is browned lightly.
  10. Stand 10 minutes before serving.

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