Greek Shepherd's Pie Recipe
- 5-1/2 cups cubed eggplant (about 1 large)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1/2 pound ground turkey
- 1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
- 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
- Place eggplant in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes with sour cream and butter; set aside.
- Rinse eggplant and drain well. Sprinkle with flour and toss to coat. In a skillet, cook eggplant in oil over medium heat until browned and oil is absorbed. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish.
- In the same skillet, cook lamb and turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, onion, parsley and seasonings. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Pour over eggplant; sprinkle with feta cheese. Spread mashed potatoes over the top.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until top begins to brown. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
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This was very good! I have one lamb lover in my family and the rest of us aren't too keen on it. I wanted to find something for the lamb appreciator that the rest of us could enjoy as well. This was it! I made a mistake though, and I'll correct that next time .. I accidentally used the full pound of ground turkey, so the recipe was really half and half, lamb and turkey. Still, I could still taste the lamb. Next time I'll be more careful.
Anyway, this was great just as it is, but it would also be good without the eggplant for a more strictly, "meat and potatoes," meal or simply for a smaller meal for fewer people.
I certainly recommend trying it and I hope you like it as much as we did. Thanks so much for sharing this, Sharon Ann.
My 4 year old loved it. I didn't have turkey or lamb, instead I used ground sausage and cooked it with a clove of fresh garlic. I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the sauce. It was a great way to introduce eggplant to my little one.
A keeper! Family loved it! Made with 1 lb each of hamburger and pork, this time. Next time might get brave and try the lamb/turkey mix. :-)
Wonderful dish. I have made it several times.
THIS IS A GREAT DISH! LIVING OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO AND LOVING GREEK TOWN, I ADDED SOME OF MY OWN TOUCHES TO THE CASSEROLE... I ADDED GREEK OREGANO, BABY SPINACH LEAVES WHICH I LAYERED ONTOP OF TOMATO-MEAT MIXTURE, AND BLACK, SLICED OLIVES. I ALSO SLICED THE EGGPLANT, BREADED AND FRIED IT, THEN LAYERED IT ONTHE BOTTOM OF BAKING DISH. MY HUSBAND ATE THIS FOR TWO DAYS!
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