This week I found a recipe for Lamb and Eggplant Gratin with North African Spices. Ah, a vehicle to try one of those meat substitutes. I chose Gimme Lean to replace the lamb and a soy cheese to replace the feta that was called for. I think it works quite well. Like a moussaka but less work and a fabulous amount of spices to really give it a kick.
I had made a gratin of yukon gold, sweet potatoes, granny smith apples, onions and garlic for dinner on Sunday. Are you seeing a trend here? I put that in a sauce pan, warmed it up and whipped it to make a perfect mashed potato accompaniment. Steamed broccoli rounded out the dish.
1 1/2 lb Eggplant cut into slices
Preheat oven to 350. Olive baking sheet and roast eggplant until they are soft and pliable. 30 mins.
1 lb Gimme Lean
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 TB ground cumin
1 TB ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water (i used 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup chopped parsley
In a large saute' pan cook Gimme Lean with a small amount of water, breaking up lumps until it is brown. Remove to bowl. Put 2 TB olive oil in the pan and add the onions and cook over medium-high heat until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 min. Add spices and cook until fragrant. Return Gimme Lean to pan and stir. Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil and then lower heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Set aside.
2 cups soy cheese
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 TB chopped parsley
1 Tb olive oil
2 TB chopped fresh mint
2TB chopped fresh cilantro
Combine topping ingredients and toss with olive oil. Set aside.
Assemble in a gratin dish sauce, eggplant, topping, repeat layers. Place on baking sheet and cook until hot and bubbly and topping is crisp. About 20-30 minutes. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh mint and cilantro.
This dish is very flavorful and the Gimme Lean worked well but I must admit I would like to try it with the lamb and feta from the original recipe. Banjo thought the broccoli was especially good.