Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a family heirloom recipe passed down from my grandmother to my mother. She recently passed it down to me from her "mental recipe file". I thought it was time to write it down and share with others. I received several ecstatic "thank you" emails from my siblings. All thought this recipe was gone forever.
- Cut eggplants in chunks. Place in pot of boiling water, with 2 teaspoons of salt. Boil until tender. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Remove peel and set aside.
- Soak bread (I love to use different types, recently used sun-dried tomato bread.yummy) in water. Dice onion, pepper and garlic.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, heat olive oil. Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic until onion is translucent. Add eggplant and saute about 5 minutes. Squeeze water from bread, and add to veggies. Saute 2-3 minutes. Add ham and shrimp. Saute until shrimp turn pink. Salt and pepper to taste. Add bay leaves.
- Turn into lightly oiled/sprayed casserole pan. Top with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly and bread crumbs are browned (approx. 25-30 minutes).