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Bademjoon shekam por

Omid Roustaei, The Caspian Chef
Stuffed eggplants with beef and herbs
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course main, Main Course
Cuisine Iranian, Persian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Eggplant

  • 4 Asian eggplants, or 2 Italian
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

Filling

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef, lamb or turkey
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

Eggplants

  • Using a peeler, fully or partially peel the eggplants, keeping the stem and cap attached.
  • Using a paring knife, make a shallow slit along the length of the eggplant so that it can cook properly and be ready for stuffing.
  • Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and drizzle the oil on the outside and inside of the eggplant.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the salt over the eggplants, turning them to ensure the salt is well incorporated onto the eggplants.
  • Place the eggplants in a 425 degree F oven and roast for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.

Filling

  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan and saute the onions for 10 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, and garlic and continue to saute for 2 additional minutes.
  • Add the ground meat and continue to saute on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Add the tomato paste and saute for 2 additional minutes to develop more flavor and depth.
  • Continue by adding the tomatoes, green pepper, and water. Cover and increase the heat to high and bring the meat sauce to a gentle boil.
  • Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the frying pan and place it in a mixing bowl.

Assembly

  • Arrange the eggplants in the same frying pan that the filling was prepared in.
  • Gently open the eggplants where the slits were made and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt inside the eggplants.
  • Using a spoon, fill each eggplant with as much stuffing as you can. Drizzle the remainder of the sauce and filling over the eggplants.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook on low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  • Adjust the sauce by adding more water if needed.
  • Using a long spatula, carefully remove the eggplants from the pan and arrange them on a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle the fresh herbs on top and serve hot.
  • Bademjoon Shekam Por can be served with steamed basmati rice or flatbreads along with yogurt and a platter of fresh herbs.

Notes

Alternatively if the eggplants were too large to fit in the frying pan, you can bake them in a covered baking sheet in the oven.  Bake at 350 degree F for 30-40 minutes. 
 
Keyword eggplant, stuffed eggplants, whole30
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