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Pomegranate molasses brings tartness, and the feta adds a salty finish to this hearty side dish. Find the molasses where you buy Middle Eastern ingredients, or substitute balsamic glaze. Freekeh is a whole-grain cracked wheat with a nutty flavor and texture. If you can't find it, bulgur will work as well.
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 eggplant half and about 1/4 cup freekeh mixture)
1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 6 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add freekeh, 1/4 teaspoon salt, red pepper, cinnamon, and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add stock; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until freekeh is slightly al dente. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in rind.
2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Cut each eggplant in half lengthwise. Lightly coat eggplant with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place eggplant on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until tender. Remove from grill. Arrange eggplant on a platter; top with freekeh mixture. Drizzle evenly with pomegranate molasses and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with feta and mint.