Meatballs in Eggplant Sauce

These are from “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”. The asparagus is based on a recipe originally calling for spinach.

Meatballs in Eggplant Sauce (6 servings):

  • 2 lb eggplant
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • oil for frying
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped

Cover the eggplant with olive oil, stab a few holes in the eggplant with a knife. Roast in the oven at 400* F for about a half hour, until the eggplant is completely soft inside.

Mix the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Shape into small balls and fry in the oil until browned all over. In a different pan, heat some oil and fry the onion until golden. Add the garlic, and when it starts to turn golden add the tomato, salt, and pepper. When the tomato reduces, add mashed roasted eggplant and stir well. Cook gently for 5 minutes, then add the meatballs. Simmer for 5 more minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.

Bulgur with Tomatoes (serves 6):

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups coarse bulgur
  • 1 lb tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Fry the onion in 2 tbsp oil until golden. Add the bulgur and stir well. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper, allspice, and water. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and bulgur is tender.  Let rest for 10 minutes, covered, then stir in remaining oil.

Asparagus with Preserved Lemons (serves 4):

  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped in 1 inch lengths
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • peel of 1/2 preserved lemon, chopped

Heat the garlic in the oil, and when it is fragrant, add asparagus, crushed red pepper, and salt. Cook until the asparagus is almost tender, then stir in the lemon and cook a little longer.


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