EGGPLANT BURGER

EGGPLANT BURGER PASSION AND OBSESSION
BACK IN THE DAYS I WASN’T A BIG FAN OF CILANTRO. BUT IT SOMEHOW CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. SO EVERY TIME I FIND FRESH MINT & CILANTRO ON THE MARKET, I GO AND MIX ASIAN AND ORIENTAL FLAVORS. THIS TIME I HAD EGGPLANT BURGERS. THE RECIPE IS FOR 2:

  • 2 EGGPLANTS {OR 1 LARGE EGGPLANT}
  • 300 gr GROUND BEEF
  • 2 ONIONS CUT IN SMALL PIECES
  • 2 CLOVES GARLIC {PRESSED}
  • FRESH ROSEMARY, MAJORAM
  • 2 TBSP HONEY
  • 1 CUP PICKLED SWEET PEPPER {OF COURSE YOU CAN USE FRESH PEPPERS}, CUT IN SMALL PIECES
  • OLIVE OIL
  • MINT & CILANTRO
  • CINNAMON
  • SALT & PEPPER
  • PARMESAN CHEESE
  • AS A SIDE DISH: PITA
  • 250gr GREEK YOGURT
  • JUICE OF 1 LEMON
  • SUGAR

CUT THE EGGPLANT IN VERY THICK PIECES {CA. 1 1/2 cm} AND SPREAD ON BACKING PAPER. DON’T WORRY, THEY’LL GET SOFT AFTER YOU HAD THEM IN THE OVEN WITH THE MEAT TOPPING. PREHEAT THE OVEN {200 °C}. HEAT OLIVE OIL IN A LARGE PAN UNTIL HOT. ADD THE ONIONS, PEPPERS AND SAUTE UNTIL GOLDEN. REMOVE THE VEGGIES AND SAUTE THE MEAT UNTIL GOLDEN, SPRINKLE WITH CINNAMON, SALT & PEPPER. ADD THE VEGGIES, FRESH ROSEMARY AND MAJORAM, SALT AND PEPPER & THE HONEY TO THE MEAT. WHEN IT HAS A CREAMY TEXTURE , ADD THE FRESH PRESSED GARLIC {TAKES ABOUT 2mins, UNTIL THE HONEY MELTS}, PUT THE MEAT ON THE EGGPLANTS AND SPRINKLE WITH THE CHEESE, PUT IT IN THE OVEN UNTIL THE EGGPLANTS ARE SOFT {CA. 20mins, TRY SOFTNESS WITH FORK}. IN THE MEANTIME YOU PREPARE THE YOGURT DRESSING: MIX THE YOGURT, ADD THE JUICE OF 1 LEMON, SUGAR AND THE FINE MINCED CILANTRO & MINT.

WHEN THE EGGPLANTS ARE SOFT, FORM THE PIECES TO BURGERS. I USED A MINT BRANCH TO HOLD THE BURGER TOGETHER, ADD THE YOGURT SAUCE AND THE WARM PITA {CAN BE PUT INTO THE OVEN 5mins BEFORE THE EGGPLANTS ARE READY}.

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