Lovin’ Lamb & Eggplant Casserole!

November 30, 2005

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INT. MR. R.’S MANSION–KITCHEN–AFTERNOON

Caryn slices through eggplant as a skillet sizzles nearby. The swinging door creaks open and Mr. R.’s head pokes through.

MR. R.

Going to the gym. Be back in a couple hours.

She nods and stirs the browning meat in the skillet.

MR. R. (CONT’D)

Is that lamb? Looks good.

He withdraws his head from the kitchen. Caryn chops fresh mint.

The door swings open again and she rolls her eyes.

CARYN

Change your mind already?

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

What?

Caryn looks up to identify the unfamiliar voice. She immediately straightens her hair at the vision of Abercrombie & Fitch standing before her. The SANDY-HAIRED MAN extends his hand.

MAN

Hi, I’m Hank. You must be Caryn.

She nods and shyly shakes his hand. The meat hisses from the stove.

CARYN (CONT’D)

Are you, um, a friend of–

HANK

Yeah, we’re buddies from high school. Just visiting for a while.

Caryn pulls her gaze away from his bright blue eyes and turns her attention to the skillet.

CARYN

He could use a friend around here.

Hank leans casually against the counter.

HANK

I hear you’re a great cook.

He peeks over her shoulder to see what she’s stirring.

HANK (CONT’D)

Is that lamb? Since when does he eat lamb?

Caryn turns her head at the accusation and they are nose to nose.

CARYN

He’s eaten it before.

They both look back down at the meat.

HANK

Huh. Interesting.

After a beat, he smiles at her with a sugary grin.

HANK (CONT’D)

I, however, love lamb.

Lamb & Eggplant Casserole with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

I adapted this dish from a recipe published in the November 2004 Woman’s Day. It’s a pretty lean dish if you’re looking for a satisfying, but healthier meal between the Holiday festivities.

3 eggplants, about 1 lb. each, cut into 1/2 inch slices

2 TB. olive oil, divided

1 lb. lean ground lamb

2 cups chopped onion

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 TB. cumin

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves, loosely packed

salt & pepper

1-1/2 pounds tomatoes, thinly sliced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

SAUCE:

1 cup plain lowfat yogurt

1 TB. finely grated lemon zest

juice from one medium lemon

salt & pepper

1. Sprinkle 1 TB. salt over eggplant slices and set in colander over bowl to drain. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. After 30 minutes, dry eggplant with paper towels and place slices on cookie sheet. Brush both sides of slices with olive oil. Bake until eggplant is tender and slightly brown, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, saute onion and garlic in 1 TB. olive oil until tender. Add lamb and saute until meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in cumin, cinnamon, mint and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Reduce oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with half the eggplant and then half the tomatoes. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Top with meat mixture, then layer with remaining eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.

4. Bake uncovered until hot, about 30 minutes.

5. To make sauce, mix ingredients together until smooth. Serve with casserole.

Serves 6.

20 thoughts on “Lovin’ Lamb & Eggplant Casserole!

  1. tara

    Brava Caryn, another unexpected twist! As we’ve already seen Mr. R’s propensity for jealousy and a bit of posessiveness, it will be interesting to see if he has any trouble with Hank hanging around!

    Reply
  2. Tea

    New guy eh? Interesting development heheh…^_^ I bet when Mr. R returns, he’s gonna turn a little overprotective around Caryn…^_~ Thanks for the lovely recipe and the great story!

    Reply
  3. Chef Tony

    Hi Caryn, we have discovered your blog on the web and it looks absolut fantastic. We ourselves are huge food and wine conaisseurs and we visit here again for sure. Greetings from Amsterdam.

    Reply
  4. leannwoo

    What’s up girl? I have been seeing the same story and recipe for quite sometime! I hope everything is ok. You make us worry about you when you go so long in between entries!

    Reply
  5. Deb

    Hi Caryn,

    Hope all is well. Must be the new guy is taking up all your blogging time. :)

    Happy New Year!

    As always, looking forward to your next entry.

    Best,

    Deb

    Reply
  6. Ruth

    I love visiting your site – your writing is awesome and the recipes great too. This one’s a particular favorite.

    Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  7. Ange

    I love your photos, sometimes in my attmepts that are somehwat less than brilliant I wonder if it is my camera or just me, probably the latter I’m guessing!

    Reply

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