Beef and Eggplant Bake With Polenta Crust

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Place eggplant in colander, sprinkle salt all over, leave 30 min, rinse then drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in medium frypan; cook onion, capsicum and garlic, stirring until onion softens; add beef, cook stirring until beef browns.
  • Add paste, cook stirring for 2 minutes; add wine, cook stirring 5 minutes; add undrained tomatoes; bring to a boil.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to moderate heat (180°C)(350°F).
  • Cook eggplant on heated oiled grill plate until just browned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cook, uncovered, in moderately hot oven about 20 minutes or until top is browned lightly.
  • Stand 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. 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!
  2. I loved this. My DH liked it so I get to make it again :-) It tasted rich, like eggplant parmesan, but nowhere near as high in fat or calories. I made one amendment to the recipe by using 4 cups of chicken stock for the polenta, rather than 2 cups of stock and one cup of milk. Technically, you can make polenta with water, but I thought the flavor of the stock added to the richness of the dish. Thank you for posting. I can't wait to make it again.


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