Spiced Ground Beef and Grilled Japanese Eggplants with Maple Syrup Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 55 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 20 min
Cook: 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

SPICED GROUND BEEF:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 green chile, sliced (seeds removed for less heat)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    MAPLE SYRUP SAUCE:
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • Salt and 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
      GRILLED JAPANESE EGGPLANT:
      • 4 Japanese eggplants, quartered lengthwise
      • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
      • Maple Syrup Sauce
      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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      Directions

      For the spiced ground beef:
      Heat the oil in a cast-iron pan, or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Place the beef in the pan, breaking up pieces and cook until the moisture has evaporated and beef is browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the onion and red pepper. Once the onion and red peppers have softened, add the garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne, stir to incorporate. Stir in the parsley, green chile, and lime juice. Remove pan from heat and season with salt and pepper.

      For the maple syrup sauce:

      Place the lime zest, garlic, salt, 2 tablespoons pepper, maple syrup, and vinegar in a pot and warm over medium heat. Transfer the sauce to a bowl.

      For the grilled Japanese eggplants:

      Heat a grill to medium heat. Drizzle the oil over the eggplant quarters and season with salt and pepper. Place the eggplant on the grill and cook on all sides. Once the eggplant are tender, place in a pan and coat with the warmed Maple Syrup Sauce; toss to coat.

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      • on December 03, 2012

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        The eggplant was great! Very tasty; now to make the meal much healthier for my family we did GRILLED SALMON, the combo of the salmon and the eggplant was amazing!

        Why bother with that much unhealthy red meat and artery clogging beef when you can do this dish with salmon and have a really healthful and flavorful meal! I really rec'd it! Cheers!

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      • on September 21, 2012

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        Surprisingly easy and tasty. Everyone in my family loved it and we are not big eggplant eaters, but after this one we are willing to try more. Roger has unique flavors that I use in other receipts, but the maple syrup in this receipt makes the dish.

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