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Mediterranean Delight: Savory Beef and Aubergines in Red Sauce Recipe

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

in a white plate there is a portion of Beef and Aubergine in Savory Red Sauce Recipe.

A dish akin to "stifado" in both ingredients and preparation is red veal with eggplants. I fondly recall my mother serving it alongside freshly baked, warm bread. By the end of the meal, discerning what came before was challenging; the bread had enthusiastically absorbed every hint of the savory dish on the plate.

This culinary delight is best enjoyed during the autumn season, coinciding with the prime time for eggplants. Instead of opting for the conventional frying method, consider baking them in the oven. Ensure a generous coating of oil and a sparse arrangement on a baking sheet. Let them bake in a preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until they boast that distinctive golden hue.

Wishing you culinary success!

Ingredients for the Savory Beef and Aubergines in Red Sauce Recipe:

  • 1.200gr beef

  • 5 medium-sized aubergines

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 can (500gr) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon anise

  • 1 teaspoon spice

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 teaspoon cinamon

  • 1 teaspoon cloves

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 bayleaf

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup of white wine

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 3 cups olive oil for frying

Instructions for the Savory Beef and Aubergines in Red Sauce Recipe:

1. Prepare the Aubergines:

  • Cut the aubergines into large pieces.

  • Place them in a pyrex, sprinkle with a lot of salt, and cover with water. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. This helps draw out their bitterness.

  • After the time has passed, rinse them well with clean water and squeeze the pieces to remove excess moisture.

pieces of aubergines in a pyrex

2. Brown the Beef:

  • In a casserole, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil over medium heat.

  • Add all the herbs, with the onion, and the garlic and stir over the law heat to develop their aroma.

a variation of herbs and spices on a plate

  • Add the pieces of beef and cook until lightly browned.

  • Add 1/2 cup of white wine; it will impart extra flavor and assist in tenderizing the meat.

half glass of white wine

Tip: You can combine beef with pork and lamp for an extra flavor.

3. Create the Sauce:

  • when the wine evaporates, stir in the crushed tomatoes, and the tomato paste.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Simmer the food for 45 minutes, in a low heat, allowing the flavors to meld.

4. Cook Aubergines:

  • Pat the diced aubergines dry with a paper towel.

  • Add them to a skillet with the 3 cups of olive oil, or until the base of the skillet is covered, and cook until they start to brown.

fried pieces of aubergines in a skillet

5. Combine Beef, Aubergines and Sauce:

  • Empty the browened aubergines in a oven pot. Add the cooked meat with the sauce.

pieces of meat and aubergines with red sauce in an oven pot

  • Bake for 1 hour in a low fire, until all the extra liquid evaporates.

6. Simmer to Perfection:

  • Leave the Beef and Aubergines in Red Sauce in the oven to develop aromas and continue cooking with the remaining heat.

cooked meat with aubergines in red sauce in an oven pot

Enjoy the Savory Beef and Aubergines in Red Sauce Recipe:

Serve the Beef and Aubergines in Savory Red Sauce with a crusty bread for a satisfying meal.

a white plate with meat and aubergines in red sauce

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