Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Turkish Minced Lamb Casserole

Last night I wanted to cook something with Oliver's favourite vegetable - eggplant (aubergine). He loves it and I must admit I enjoy it's somewhat nutty flavour and texture also. With Alexandria still away at camp it was the perfect opportunity as it is definitely not one of her favourite vegetables.

This dish was a little time consuming in preparation but saying that it was definitely worth the effort. The combination of the lamb, cinnamon, allspice and sultanas was savoury and sweet - very inticing and this with the layers of vegetables gave the dish a Middle Eastern flavour.

Turkish Minced Lamb Casserole
(recipe adapted from Weight Watchers Australia)

Serves: 6
ProPoints per serve: 9

50 grams pine nuts 500 grams lamb mince
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
50 grams sultanas
300mls beef stock (made with stock powder)
cooking spray
2 small eggplants, thinly sliced
4 small zucchini, ends trimmed and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon cornflour combined with 2 tablespoons water
200 grams low fat plain yoghurt
250 grams low fat ricotta cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

Heat a large non stick frying pan over medium heat. Add pinenuts and cook for 1 minute, shaking the pan until browned. Remove from heat and cool.

Dry fry mince in frying pan for 4 - 5 minutes, or until browned, breaking up the lumps. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Add sultanas, cinnamon, allspice and stock. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile spray another non stick pan with oil and cook eggplant and zucchini seperately for 4 - 5 minutes, or until softened. Add blended cornflour to mince mixture and cook, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and stir through the pinenuts.

Spoon half the mince mixture into a deep oven proof dish. Layer eggplant on top. Spoon over remaining mince mixture. Arrange zucchini and tomoatoes on top in an overlapping layer.

Place yoghurt, ricotta and egg in a food processor and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over zucchini and tomatoes, spreading evenly to cover. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until set and golden.


James said...

This looks unique and delicious. Really interested and excited to shee how the yoghurt tastes in the casserole!

Bronwyn said...

This recipe was amazing! I stumbled across it after googling lamb mince, and was blown away by the flavour and presentation. Thank you very much for a memorable meal. I fully recommend to others.