10.18.2009

Pasta and Lebanese Style Stuffed Eggplant

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Yesterday, my husband's friend came over to dinner. I wanted to make some pasta, but also try a new recipe. I had spotted a stuffed eggplant recipe on Smitten Kitchen last week, and after getting some free pine nuts from a friend, I decided to go for it.

The recipe is simple enough. It calls for baby eggplants, rice, beef or lamb, pine nuts, allspice, onion, garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock, and parsley and lemon for garnish. I had some extra stuffing left, so I stuffed a bell pepper as well.

Once stuffed, you place your veggies in a simmering skillet with the the tomatoes, stock, onions and garlic, and let things cook for almost an hour, turning carefully a couple of times.

The dish was pretty (see top picture), but I think I used a little too much rice. Here's what I would change. I would try lamb instead of beef next time. I would add some tomato sauce to the meat, not just the sauce. To the sauce, I would add tomato paste. And I would do a mixture of eggplant and zucchini. The three of us finished off the dish without a problem, so I'm still deeming it a success. It can however be more successful.

My pasta on the other hand, could not have been more successful. I've mastered the sauce. And this time, in addition to the Hungarian bacon I now use in all my pasta sauces, I also added some sweet and spicy Italian sausage, along with artichokes, olives, lots of garlic, crushed pepper flakes, and purple basil in the very end.
The sauce simmered for about an hour. I added some dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, and basil and played around with the seasoning. At the end went in the pasta, which cooked with the sauce for another 5 minutes or so.

I'm pretty bad when it comes to remembering to take photos. So I didn't take one of my nice-looking plate, but take my word for it, it was a pretty sight. With some Parmesan on top, the pasta was perfect, and the eggplants really popped with freshly squeezed lemon over the stuffing.

2 comments:

  1. Husband's Friend says BRAVO!!

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  2. many thanks husband's friend. you're welcome to dinner any time.

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