I’m particularly fond of recipes whose ingredients can be easily mixed and matched to accommodate different palates. This is one of those recipes. When selecting the more assertive flavor of ground lamb, the pecorina (sheep’s milk cheese) paired with fresh mint is a perfect marriage. However, if ground beef is your choice, the Parmesan paired with fresh basil is a great flavor with the beef.
As wine produced from grapes grown in a particular environment are complementary with the foods of that region, so too are beef recipes paired with cow’s milk cheese and lamb recipes paired with sheep or goats milk cheese. This is, of course, a generalization with savory exceptions, but certainly holds true with this recipe.
Most eggplant varietals would work but I prefer a large shell to accommodate more stuffing. If using smaller or thin eggplant varietals, purchase at least twice as many eggplant.
I served this with Near East rice pilaf (plain) with the addition of chopped mint and toasted pine nuts.
We may be jipped out of a white Christmas in Michigan this year, but the promise of the family rejoined and traditions re-lit has me craving pickled herring. In past years I’ve been lucky enough to receive it––scratch-made––from my Polish neighbor, Krystyna, the week before our family celebrates Christmas and the New Year. This year she’s left … Full recipe post »
To all of you food lovers and gardeners out there who enjoy a pretty plate and yard, this is one of the best tips I’ve ever received: Plant nasturtium seeds. A green thumb, patience, full sun or even a yard is not a requisite for having edible, lovely garnishes from early summer into fall. I … Full recipe post »
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