Sheikh Al Mihshi (Stuffed Eggplant (Aubergine) )

"A meat dish from the Lebanon, syria and Jordan area."
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  • Remove stalks from the eggplants and remove peel in 1 cm intervals to give a striped effect.
  • Heat oil in a pan and brown the eggplants lightly on all sides.
  • Remove to a plate.
  • Add the mince, oil, onion and garlic to the frypan and fry, continuously stirring, until the juices evaporate.
  • Add the pinenuts, spices, parsley and salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cut a deep slit along one side of the eggplant and fill with meat mixture.
  • Arrange in a baking dish and pour tomato puree on top.
  • Season with salt and pepper and bake in a moderately hot oven for 30 minutes, adding water to dish during cooking if necessary and basting the eggplants occasionally.

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  1. I had to use larger eggplants so I increased the baking time and dribbled a small amount of water on the tomato puree on top of the eggplants to keep them moist. I used more of the spices than suggested but I still thought it was a bit bland. But my fiance liked it a lot, so I'll make it again, only next time I'll try using olive oil and a little more garlic.


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