Mediterranean Stuffed Vegetables

Embark on a culinary journey with this recipe for Mediterranean Stuffed Vegetables, a dish that brings together the rich flavors of the region in a delightful and nutritious way. Featuring tender eggplants, crisp cabbage, and fresh zucchinis filled with a savory mixture of jasmine rice, minced lamb, and a medley of herbs and spices, this dish is a feast for the senses. Topped with a homemade tomato sauce and baked to perfection, it’s a comforting meal that’s perfect for any occasion.


For the Vegetables:
  • 2 eggplants (500g), sliced
  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • 3 zucchinis (600g), sliced into thin long strips
  • Olive oil, salt, and black pepper for seasoning
For the Stuffing:
  • 400g jasmine rice, washed and soaked
  • 250g minced lamb
  • 1 large onion (250g), grated
  • 2 tomatoes (350g), puréed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (45g)
  • 10g fresh coriander, chopped
  • 10g fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (60ml)
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (45ml, optional)
For the Sauce:
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion (150g), chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (20g)
  • 200g tomatoes, diced
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon
  • Bay leaves, salt, and black pepper to taste
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  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Eggplants: Slice, place on a parchment-lined tray, drizzle with olive oil, season, and roast at 400°F (200°C) for 10 minutes.
    • Cabbage: Boil in salted water for 10 minutes, then peel and prepare the leaves.
    • Zucchinis: Slice into thin, long strips.
  2. Make the Stuffing:
    • In a large bowl, combine the rice, minced lamb, grated onion, puréed tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped herbs, spices, lemon juice, and pomegranate molasses. Mix well.
  3. Stuff and Roll:
    • Lay out the vegetable slices, place a portion of the stuffing on each, roll them up, and arrange them in a pot lined with parchment paper.
  4. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a saucepan, sauté the chopped onion and garlic, then add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, bouillon, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain.
  5. Bake:
    • Pour the sauce over the stuffed vegetable rolls. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 1 hour.
  6. Serve:
    • Carefully flip the contents onto a serving tray to display the beautifully stuffed vegetables.


This Mediterranean Stuffed Vegetables dish is a celebration of flavors and textures, combining the freshness of garden vegetables with the richness of a spiced lamb and rice filling. It’s a versatile recipe that can be adapted to include your favorite vegetables and herbs, making it a perfect centerpiece for a family dinner or a special occasion. Enjoy the process of creating this beautiful, flavorful dish and the wonderful tastes it brings to your table.

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