Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe)

Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef

Eggplant is one of my favorite plants so it was with great joy that I saw that it was the main focus of this month’s JFI food challenge. Here in Trinidad you can find the eggplant called by many different names. In the course of the day it is not uncommon to hear it being referred to as not only eggplant, but also melongene, aubergine, or baigan – even by the same person! :lol: This dish is redolent with the flavours of the Middle East and is a personal favourite of mine. I’ve heard some vicious rumours that there exist people who don’t like eggplants. I certainly hope that this is not true? ;) If so, I hope maybe you’ll like it too! :)


Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef
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Serving Size: 6

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. eggplant, preferably plump round fruits
2 tbsps. olive oil, more for brushing the eggplant
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 large bell pepper, red or yellow, cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves plump garlic, thinly sliced
2 tsps. paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
generous pinch cayenne
2 tbsps. tomato paste
1 1/4 cups water
5 plum tomatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and seeded
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat the broiler. Cut the eggplant crosswise into 3/4-inch rounds and brush both sides with olive oil.

Broil until light gold on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Let cool and cut into 1-inch pieces.

In a medium Dutch oven, heat the 2 tbsps. olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add the ground beef, onion and bell pepper; sauté until the onion is lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes.
During the last few minutes of browning, add the garlic, paprika, cumin, and cayenne.
Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 min.
Stir in 1/4 cup of the water and boil, using a wooden spoon to scrape up the juices from the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomatoes, eggplant, remaining 1 cup water and salt.

Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, until the vegetables are quite tender, about 25 minutes, stirring once or twice.

Stir in the parsley, adjust the seasonings, and serve.

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  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    What a great recipe! It’s just the kind of thing I like to make on a Sunday night, so we can enjoy leftovers during the week.

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    What a great recipe! It’s just the kind of thing I like to make on a Sunday night, so we can enjoy leftovers during the week.

  • http://themanicoureport.com Mani

    It’s not that I don’t like eggplant, but I think I’m slightly allergic to it since it makes my mouth itch when I eat it. :). I still eat it on occasion though and that right there looks perfect.

  • http://themanicoureport.com Mani

    It’s not that I don’t like eggplant, but I think I’m slightly allergic to it since it makes my mouth itch when I eat it. :). I still eat it on occasion though and that right there looks perfect.

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    What a great recipe! It’s just the kind of thing I like to make on a Sunday night, so we can enjoy leftovers during the week.

  • http://themanicoureport.com Mani

    It’s not that I don’t like eggplant, but I think I’m slightly allergic to it since it makes my mouth itch when I eat it. :). I still eat it on occasion though and that right there looks perfect.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lydia – ooo leftover strategies, always a good thing lol ! :)

    Mani – awww :( itchy mouth… never a good thing!! *hugs*

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lydia – ooo leftover strategies, always a good thing lol ! :)

    Mani – awww :( itchy mouth… never a good thing!! *hugs*

  • http://fatfreeforcarnival.blogspot.com D Trini In Me

    Love, Love, LOVE eggpalnt. I could eat it everyday, and when my mum come visit me I will have her make your receipe for me. I newly discovered Eggplant pizza, and now I am addicted to it.

  • http://fatfreeforcarnival.blogspot.com D Trini In Me

    Love, Love, LOVE eggpalnt. I could eat it everyday, and when my mum come visit me I will have her make your receipe for me. I newly discovered Eggplant pizza, and now I am addicted to it.

  • http://fatfreeforcarnival.blogspot.com D Trini In Me

    Love, Love, LOVE eggpalnt. I could eat it everyday, and when my mum come visit me I will have her make your receipe for me. I newly discovered Eggplant pizza, and now I am addicted to it.

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    That looks stunning — savoury and delicious. Eggplant can be a little dull depending on the recipe, but you’ve got some lively spices there!

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    That looks stunning — savoury and delicious. Eggplant can be a little dull depending on the recipe, but you’ve got some lively spices there!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    T.W. – Thanks :D I suppose it could be dull on its lonesome… i never cook without my spices and garlic, wouldn’t know how lol! :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    T.W. – Thanks :D I suppose it could be dull on its lonesome… i never cook without my spices and garlic, wouldn’t know how lol! :)

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    Hi Sarina, this sounds divine! I love aubergine, and will make sure to try this soon! Before my bf returns, cos he doesn’t like aubergines! can you believe that? :)

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    Hi Sarina, this sounds divine! I love aubergine, and will make sure to try this soon! Before my bf returns, cos he doesn’t like aubergines! can you believe that? :)


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