Tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplants are all imports that thrive in the Mediterranean basin. All lend themselves to being stuffed. This is a Greek version. Bring these to table with a PDO Greek feta, a crusty bread and a bowl of olives. Scatter some freshly chopped dill weed over all just before serving. You could add some grated Pecorino. Try using a mix of toasted and ground cumin and coriander with a pinch of cinnamon and allspice to season the meat. Use cilantro instead of parsley .Pine nuts and raisins would not be out of place here.
This is an excellent meal to celebrate the arrival of fall and cooler weather. The risotto technique is used with farro (an ancestor to modern wheat) instead of rice and incorporates a dry red wine instead of white. Use a wine that you will enjoy drinking as you labor in the kitchen. Serve the same at the table.