Eggplant with Meat, Pomegranate and Yoghurt Sauce by Annie West

I’m sharing this recipe that my daughter made recently, which has become a favourite in the West household. I like the addition of juicy pomegranate kernels to finish off the dish – adding a nice hit of extra taste and looking pretty too. I found it interesting to pair meat (beef) and eggplant when we often use lamb.

2 eggplants

5 garlic cloves
A small onion, finely chopped
½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
½ pomegranate
500g minced/ground beef
½ cup plain yoghurt
Olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin

Preheat oven to 220C/425F. Trim stem end off eggplants, then poke holes all over. Cut in half lengthwise. Score a shallow crosshatch pattern into the cut sides. (Note, when we ate this, the eggplants were large and were cut into thick slices rather than halves, so everyone got several slices.)

Place eggplant on a baking sheet (we put baking paper beneath) and drizzle with 3 tbsp oil. Toss eggplant to coat. Season generously on all sides. Arrange cut sides down on baking sheet.

Roast eggplant until undersides are deep golden brown, 20–25 minutes. Using a spatula, turn halves cut side up. Continue to roast until very tender and flesh is collapsed, another 15–20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.

While eggplant is roasting, stir ½ cup yogurt and 1 tbsp oil in a medium bowl. Grate one peeled garlic clove into the bowl then season and set aside.

To make the filling, heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add the beef and press into a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook undisturbed until beef is browned and crispy on one side, about 4 minutes. Using spatula, toss beef, breaking up into small pieces, then push to one side of skillet.

Add onion and the rest of the garlic (smashed with the flat of your knife and skin removed) to the empty side of skillet and cook, tossing just the onion and garlic often, until onion is translucent and mixture is browned in spots, about 3 minutes.

Add ½ tsp cumin and toss to combine with onion mixture, then toss everything with beef to combine; season again if you wish. (Note, though the recipe said ‘toss’ I prefer to mix so the food stays in the pan). Cook, tossing/stirring constantly and breaking up meat until beef is cooked through and thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Smear yogurt mixture on serving plate. Arrange warm eggplant cut sides up over top, allowing any moisture to drip off of eggplant before placing over yogurt. Spoon beef mixture over eggplant. Scatter pomegranate on top. Sprinkle reserved parsley over entire platter. Drizzle with a bit more oil before serving.

Note: if you don’t use pomegranate much I find the easiest way to remove the kernels is cut the fruit in half, hold it in your hand, cut side down, and tap the outside of the fruit with the back of a spoon to dislodge the kernels. It’s far easier than trying to dig them out.

My daughter amended this recipe a little to suit us. You can make extra garlic sauce, for instance and play with the seasoning. She found the recipe online at Bon Appetit. It’s by Claire Saffiz. Here’s the link if you’d like to see the original.

 About Annie

Australian Annie West loves writing passionate, intense romances and not just because it gives her a chance to ignore housework! She is a USA Today Bestselling author, published in 25 languages. Annie writes contemporary stories about charismatic heroes and strong heroines. She loves being in contact with readers as far apart as Brisbane, Bremen and Bermuda. When not writing and avoiding housework she can be found walking, enjoying good food and good company, travelling and reading. 

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  1. This recipe seems delicious to me.
    My husband also cooks very well.
    Best regards, Irma

    1. Hi Irma, it was easy and very tasty. Great to hear your husband is a good cook. Mine is too! Aren't we lucky?

  2. The recipe looks delicious and interesting, and the book sounds good!

    1. We enjoyed it, Christine and I'll definitely make it again. I'm glad you like the sound of this new book. I've been getting great reader feedback on it.

  3. That sounds like an interesting dish with using eggplant.

    1. It was a little different from the other recipes I use, Connie. I liked the fact you could prepare the rest of it while the eggplant is in the oven and then just put it together. And so tasty!

  4. Ooh, this sounds lovely, Annie. And so simple!

    1. Cathryn, we played about with it a bit but it's so easy. I love that!

  5. That recipe sounds amazing. A lot of flavors that I never would have considered putting together before, but that sound like they would be perfect together.

    1. Suzanne, I don't usually use beef with eggplant so it was new to me but it worked so well.

  6. This looks excellent. I haven't tried a lot of eggplant before. I am going to try it again with this delicious recipe. Thank you :)

    1. Hope you like it, Denise. The eggplant goes very soft and creamy and works well with the other ingredients.

  7. The recipe looks delicious! Fantastic post!

    Kisses :)

  8. Looks very good!

    Happy weekend <3

  9. I love eggplant...healthy.....
    I'll try your recipe...Thank you

  10. The recipe looks good! Minus the beef, it looks like something my vegetarian daughter would like.


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