Iraqi Eggplant-Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Halalmom

We had this wonderful dish last weekend, and I had to post it right away! The flavours of the vegetables and meatballs complement each other very well, and the smell while baking fills your kitchen... NOTE:Do not skip the step of frying the vegetables, I think it is absolutely necessary!

Top Review by UmmBinat

Was good. I fried each kind of vegetable separately. I did have to omit the eggplant because of an allergy and was going to replace it with zucchini until I found out they were not in a good state. I used extra virgin olive oil to fry the vegetables. While I was frying the onions and when they were almost done I added some granulated raw cane sugar to them along with a dash sea salt that I sprinkled on the potatoes with freshly ground pepper as well. I took Crystal Skies idea and added a lot more parsley with good results. I also followed Aaliyah&Aaron's mum, in that I added ground allspice to the tomato paste water mixture. I also added allspice to the meat as well. I did not cook the meatballs in oil but put them raw into the pan which is a good idea as a previous time they burnt when they were fried first. I first oiled the pan with virgin olive oil before layering everything. I found I had to cover the dish with aluminum foil in the oven after a while. I served this with Recipe #136535. I may make this again with zucchini.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Fry eggplants, potatoes and onion rings in hot oil.
  2. Mix the ground meat with paprika powder, salt and pepper and form little meat-balls, about 20 pieces.
  3. Fry the meat-balls in hot oil.
  4. Layer ingredients in a large baking dish in this order: Eggplants, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, meatballs.
  5. Mix the water together with tomato paste, chopped parsley, garlic, pepper and about 3 teaspoons salt.
  6. Pour the liquid over the vegetables and the meatballs.
  7. Bake in oven at 200°C, for about one hour.
  8. Cover if necessary.
  9. Serve with cooked rice or pita bread and some crumbled feta-cheese!

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