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Although I chose to call this “Lamb and Eggplant Casserole”, I’m not sure it really qualifies as a casserole, since it was neither cooked in the oven nor slowly, the way a good casserole should be.

Rather, this was made fairly quickly, in a large skillet, right on the stove top. Does that make it a skillet? I think not… And it’s not really a stew either… So I was at a bit of a loss as to what to call it. I finally opted for casserole because it sounds nice and I think this is what suits it the best.

I also managed to mix the traditional flavors of so many different places from around the globe in one single dish, I couldn’t even give this “casserole” a proper identity. It tastes a bit like India, thanks to the addition of Garam Masala, a little Lebanese perhaps, because of the presence of tahini, a tad Greek, thanks to the avalanche of olives. Then come a few notes of Italy, because of the tomato sauce, you know… and well, the lamb meat gives it a bit of a British accent… maybe.

But hey, it’s all good stuff, really, and their union resulted in a dish that’s so good, you just want to keep on eating it until… until there’s not even a drop left in the pan and your only option for one more taste would be to lick that skillet clean…

Or whip up another batch, which I think would be a much better option.  

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We’ll start by cooking the eggplant until it’s beautiful and golden and nice and creamy.

To do that, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of ghee (or other healthy cooking fat of your choice) to a large heavy skillet set over medium heat.

When the fat is completely melted, add the peeled and diced eggplant to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook stirring often until the eggplant is softened and golden, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Remove the cooked eggplant to a plate, scrape off any bits and pieces that may have adhered to the skillet and then place it back over the heat source.

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As you can see, my eggplant clung quite aggressively to my pan, so don’t fret if that happens to you. That, right there, is flavor, which will all end up in the sauce later.

Do add another tablespoon of ghee to your pan, though, followed by the onion and garlic, and cook until fragrant and softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.

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Now throw in the ground lamb and continue cooking until the meat turns completely brown, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Again, taking the time to really brown the meat here will impart MUCH flavor to your dish, so be patient and wait for it to color nicely before you move on to the next step.

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When the meat is truly nice and brown, add the crushed tomatoes, tahini paste, garam masala and dried oregano and stir well.

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Throw in the reserved eggplant and avalanche of olives (feel free to slice them if you prefer smaller pieces) and stir once again, until all the ingredients are well combined.

Adjust seasoning as needed and simmer uncovered for a few minutes, until well heated through.

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Kill the heat and stir in the fresh tomato and chopped parsley. Save a handful of diced tomato to garnish, if you want.

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Serve your casserole while it’s still nice and hot!

This dish is fantastic on its own, but it would be absolutely amazing over a bed of Almond Coconut Cauliflower Rice, or even plain white rice if you do indulge in this little grain from time to time.

Whichever way you choose to eat it, I can guarantee you one thing: you are not going to be making this dish only this once…

You’ll definitely want to make it a part of your regular rotation.

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Lamb and Eggplant Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This quick and easy Ground Lamb and Eggplant Casserole has so much going for it, I can guarantee you won't be making it just this once.
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of ghee (or other healthy cooking fat of your choice) to a large heavy skillet set over medium heat. When the fat is completely melted, add the diced eggplant, salt and pepper and cook stirring often until the eggplant is softened and golden, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove the cooked eggplant to a plate, scrape off any bits and pieces that may have adhered to the skillet and then place it back over the heat source; add another tablespoon of ghee, followed by the onion and garlic, and cook until fragrant and softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground lamb and continue cooking until the meat turns completely brown, about 5 to 6 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, tahini paste, garam masala and dried oregano and stir well. Throw in reserved eggplant and olives and stir once again, until well combined. Adjust seasoning if needed and simmer for a few minutes, until heated through.
  • Kill the heat and stir in the fresh tomato and chopped parsley (save a handful of diced tomato to garnish, if desired).
  • Serve while it’s still nice and hot!

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 1025mg, Potassium: 1327mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 952IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 128mg, Iron: 5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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