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Eggplant, Lamb and Tomato Stacks

This recipe came at the suggestion of our friends Missy and Philip from Old Friends Farm. It is easy to make and you could tweak it many ways by substituting squash, potatoes or zucchini for the eggplant. It is surprising filling and one recipe served four adults.

 

 

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion - chopped

4 cloves garlic sliced thin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and dried thyme

1 pound ground lamb from Leyden Glen Farm

2 large eggplant (or zucchini)

1 small container ricotta cheese

4 ounces mozzarella cheese (shredded, sliced or hunks)

6 medium tomatoes - cut into 1/2" slices

handful basil - cut into thin strips

olive oil spray

salt and pepper

Method: 

Cut eggplant into round slices about 1/2" thick. You will need 2 slices of eggplant and tomatoes per stack. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Place eggplant on tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 375 degree oven until soft - about 15 minutes. Remove from oven but keep the oven on. 

Meanwhile in a saute pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook garlic and onions until translucent. Add lamb, breaking it into small pieces and thyme and oregano. Cook until the meat is cooked through. Pour off the excess grease and hold.

Assembly:

Spray a casserole pan with some olive oil. Build each stack as follows:

1 piece eggplant

small amount of lamb mixture

small dollop of ricotta cheese

1 piece of tomato

bit of cut basil

and repeat above to make a nice high stack. 

If you are worried about them falling over, steady with toothpicks but don't forget they are in there when you are eating! Make as many as you have ingredients for. One eggplant yielded four stacks in our kitchen.

Place the leftover bits of cut tomatoes into the bottom of the casserole dish - they will turn into sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 until bubbly (about 25-30 minutes). Remove from oven, take off foil and top each stack with some mozzarella cheese.

(We had leftover ground lamb. Keep it in the freezer and use for pizza or when you need a quick quesadilla.)

Serve with a green salad. Will re-heat nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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