Moussaka-Style Stuffed Eggplant (Aubergine)

Recipe by Chef Kate
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Halve the eggplants lengthwise and score the interior of each half, leaving about a third of an inch thickness on the perimeter.
  • Use a paring knife and a spoon to scoop out the interior of the eggplant, leaving a 'boat.'.
  • Using a fork, pierce the skin in several places, liberally salt the halves and place them upside down on paper towels to drain for about 30 minutes.
  • Chop the eggplant flesh into 1/2" cubes and set aside 4 cups of the cubes (reserve any excess for another recipe).
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Wipe the eggplant shells out with paper towels, brush the skin lightly with a little olive oil, and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake them until they are just tender (about ten minutes) then remove from the oven and set aside in a baking dish.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the lamb and cook, breaking up the pieces, until lightly browned--about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic, 4 cups of eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is soft--about five more minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, cloves, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne and cook until the mixture is fairly dry.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the ricotta.
  • Season to taste and spoon into the 4 eggplant halves.
  • Place the remaining 1 and 1/3 cups of ricotta in a small bowl and stir in the nutmeg and enough milk until the consistency of the cheese mixture is spreadable.
  • Spread it over the filled eggplant halves and sprinkle the tops with parmesan.
  • Bake until the tops are very brown--25 to 35 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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