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Mediterranean Flavors: Lamb, Walnut + Raisin Meatballs Over Eggplant Ragout

February 18, 2013 by Joan Nova in Food Pairings, Greek, Recipe Development, Vegetables | 11 Comments

No real recipe here — just a seriously good dinner with flavors that paired exceptionally well.

The meatballs, a blend of ground lamb, minced garlic, raisins, chopped walnuts, parsley, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, a dash of wine and dry seasonings, were browned in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven.

The eggplant ragout (a/k/a caponata, ratouille) was leftover from the night before. I didn’t take note of how I made it because I do it often. It would be pretty much be like this or this.

I finished the dish with a tzatziki sauce, mini peppers and baby bella mushrooms that had be roasted with whole garlic cloves.

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  1. bellini says:

    I have all the ingredients to make a version of meatballs in the next few days, you have inspired me to serve it up with some really tasty sauce!

  2. Lori Lynn says:

    Like the idea of raisins and walnuts in meatballs. Gonna try. Nice looking dish Joan!
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  3. Peter says:

    Very creative…I would certainly tuck into this!
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  4. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! says:

    Nothing like lamb and eggplant then all the other additions makes this an excellent dinner…I can just get a fork and dig in.

  5. Yum. All the flavors I love best rolled into one beautiful plate. I love the way you presented it.
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  6. sippitysup says:

    A beautiful meal and a great inspiration. GREG
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  7. Julia says:

    Lamb and eggplant together is wonderful! I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  8. My kind of supper Joan. Everyone likes meatballs.
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  9. When I eventually come to visit you…I’m having dinner at your place EVERY night! This looks soooo gooood Joan!
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