Ontario Lamb Grilled Eggplant Rolls

Autumn grilling becomes simple gourmet with these flavourful and charming Ontario lamb eggplant rolls that can be served as a starter or a main course.

1 large eggplant
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/2 lb (250 g) ground Homegrown Ontario lamb
1/2 cup (125 mL) minced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp (5 mL) dried crumbled oregano
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup (50 mL) minced black olives
4 oz (125 g) goat cheese, crumbled

1 cup (250 mL) chopped roasted red peppers
1/4 cup (50 mL) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

Cut stem end from eggplant and slice lengthwise into 1/8-inch (2 mm) thick slices. Sprinkle with salt. Let sit in colander for 30 minutes; squeeze any excess liquid from eggplant.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add lamb, onion, garlic and oregano. Stir often and break lamb into small pieces. Cook until browned and no pink remains, about 6 minutes. Drain any fat. Let cool. Stir in parsley, olives and goat cheese.

Combine roasted peppers, water and vinegar in blender. Pulse until smooth. Set aside.

Working with one eggplant slice at a time; arrange 2 heaping tablespoons (30 mL) of meat filling into cut side of eggplant and roll up, securing with toothpick. Repeat with remaining eggplant and filling.

Heat grill to medium high heat and grease. Add eggplant rolls and grill while turning, until eggplant is softened and filling is heated through.

Serve warm or at room temperature with roasted red pepper sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information:Per serving: 234.9 calories, 19.2 g protein, 18.5 g carbohydrates, 6.7 g dietary fibre, 677.6 mg sodium, 10.9 g fat, 0.7 g polyunsaturated fatty acids, 6.0 g saturated fatty acids, 46.9 mg cholesterol.

Source: Homegrown Ontario