Recipe may contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, sesame and lactose.
These bubbling eggplants boats are stuffed with juicy harissa-garlic lamb mince and tender eggplant. They’re easy to make and guaranteed to satisfy even the most stubborn eggplant-hater.
2 (about 680g) eggplants, halved
80ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
45g (1/4 cup) sultanas
40g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds
350g lamb mince
3 tsp harissa paste
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g (1/2 cup) coarsely grated mozzarella
50g feta, crumbled
Fresh coriander leaves, to serve
3 Method Steps
Step 1Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a spoon to scoop out eggplant(2 (about 680g) eggplants, halved) flesh, leaving a 1cm border. Finely chop flesh. Place shells on prepared tray. Brush with 1 tbsp oil. Season. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until starting to soften.
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Step 2Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion (1/2 red onion, finely chopped), chopped eggplant and garlic (2 garlic cloves, crushed). Cook, stirring, for 6 minutes or until softened. Add sultanas (45g (1/4 cup) sultanas) and almonds (40g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds) and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Push vegetable mixture to side and increase heat to high. Add remaining 1 tbs oil and the lamb (350g lamb mince). Cook, breaking up lumps, for 2 minutes. Add harissa (3 tsp harissa paste), cumin (2 tsp ground cumin) and cinnamon (1/2 tsp ground cinnamon). Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until browned and aromatic.
Step 3Combine lamb and vegie mixtures and spoon into eggplant shells. Top with the mozzarella (50g (1/2 cup) coarsely grated mozzarella) and feta (50g feta, crumbled). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and tender. Sprinkle with coriander (Fresh coriander leaves, to serve) to serve.
Get ahead! Stuff eggplants with mince mixture, omitting cheese. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 1 day ahead. Top with cheeses and bake for 15-20 minutes on night of serving.
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