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Jewish World Review Jan. 3, 2008 / 25 Teves 5768

Sicilian eggplant dish, roast lamb make fine winter meal

By Linda Gassenheimer


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's the time of year when a hearty bowl of soup makes an inviting dinner.


Eggplant grows abundantly in Sicily, and Caponata is one of the highlights of Sicilian cooking. Eggplant, called melanzane or "mad apple" in Italian, along with celery, onions, tomatoes and olives form the basis of this antipasto or side dish. It tastes even better the second day and will keep several days in the refrigerator. If you have enough time, make double and serve the rest with another dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre.


Roasting is a wonderful way to enjoy lamb because it cooks quickly and makes a delicious dinner. Fresh herbs complement the meat and the spicy bread crumbs add unusual accompaniment.


This meal is special enough for a dinner with friends or a weeknight dinner.


This meal contains a total of 622 calories per serving with 30 percent of calories from fat.


There is no need to peel eggplant. Simply wash and cut into cubes.

Since the oven is already on, toast the bread for the Caponata on one of the lower racks of the oven.


SHOPPING LIST


Here are the ingredients you'll need for tonight's Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1 small eggplant, 1 small bunch celery, 1 ripe medium tomato, 1 small jar pitted black olives, 1 baguette or French bread, 6 lamb rib chops (about 1 pound) and 1 small bunch fresh rosemary.

Staples: Olive oil, onion, plain bread crumbs, Dijon mustard, fat free, low-salt chicken broth, garlic, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt and black peppercorns.


COUNTDOWN:


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  • Start lamb roasting.

  • Make Caponata.

  • Toast bread.

  • Finish lamb.


CAPONATA

2 cups eggplant cubes (1/4 inch)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)

1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup fat free, low-salt chicken broth

2 medium cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium tomato, diced (about 2 cups)

4 pitted black olives, sliced

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 French bread baguette

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat oil in a nonstick skillet large enough to hold eggplant in one layer. Cook over medium heat, turning cubes every few minutes until soft, about 10 minutes. Remove eggplant and add onions, celery and broth. Saute until onions are transparent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and tomatoes and continue to saute 5 more minutes. Tomatoes should retain their shape.


Return eggplant to pan along with olives. Saute 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Diagonally slice baguette to make oval about 1/2-inch thick. Toast a minute in the oven and serve caponata on top. Makes 2 servings.


Per serving: 324 calories; 11 grams protein; 57 grams carbohydrate; 7 grams fat; 19 percent of calories as fat; 7 grams fiber; .4 milligrams cholesterol; 465 milligrams sodium.


HERB-ROASTED LAMB


6 lamb rib chops (about 1 pound total)

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove visible fat from lamb: expose the bones by scraping away the fat; cut off top fat layer from the meat section leaving a very thin layer covering the eye of the meat. Combine bread crumbs, mustard, rosemary and garlic and add a little salt and pepper.

Cover a baking tray with foil and place lamb on tray. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Roast lamb for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, turn chops and spread bread crumb mixture over meaty section. Return to oven and roast 5 more minutes for rare, 10 minutes for medium. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 298 calories; 30 grams protein; 11 grams carbohydrate; 14 grams fat; 44 percent of calories as fat; .5 grams fiber; 90 milligrams cholesterol; 356 milligrams sodium.

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