The Arabic name of this dish translates to “The Sheik of Stuffed Dishes”. It offers an impressive presentation and is especially delicious served over Syrian Rice (page 40). Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut stems off the eggplants. Cut them in half lengthwise and then in half again across the middle. Cut each quarter into 2 or 3 wedges. Brush the cut surfaces with Clarified Butter and sprinkle with ALL GOOD SPICE. Place the eggplant wedges, skin side down, in a 10x14 inch baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until browned. Remove baking pan from oven and set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. In a large frying pan, sauté the ground meat, diced onion and 1 1/2 Tbsp ROAST LAMB SPICE over moderately high heat until browned. Transfer to a bowl. Mix in the pine nuts and set aside. Place the sauce ingredients in the frying pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes (the sauce will be thin). Set aside. Working with the eggplant wedges in the baking pan, cut a 2 inch slit into each wedge along its length. Spread open along the slit to form a pocket. Do not cut through the skin. Press a heaping teaspoon of the filling into each pocket. Carefully spoon the tomato sauce over the top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes until sauce has thickened and the eggplant is tender. This is a great party dish because it can be prepared ahead and frozen without baking. Defrost before baking.

SHEIKH EL MAHSHI (Stuffed Eggplant Boats)

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Category

ROAST LAMB SPICE

Servings

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1/4 cup Clarified Butter, melted (page 159)
  • SPICE BAZAAR ALL GO O D SPICE
Filling:
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef or lamb
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp SPICE BAZAAR ROAST LAMB SPICE
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
Sauce:
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp SPICE BAZAAR ROAST LAMB SPICE
  • 3 Tbsp chopped parsley