Mom's Stuffed Eggplant (By Michael Chiarello)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Juenessa

I saw Michael make this on his cooking show, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. The episode was "Movable Feast".

Top Review by JsBride

This is such a great tasting recipe. I found it a few months back while looking for a recipe with eggplant, different than eggplant parmesan. I have been making this recipe ever since, at least twice a month for my family - they absolutely love it. I love it because you can use pretty much what you have at hand, I have made it following the recipe exactly; once without the peppers and herbs (because I didn't have them at home) just adding more tomatoes, a full pound of ground beef and a small can of tomato sauce; and once with turkey ground beef and rice cheese ( my MIL is lactose intolerant). This is one recipe that I'll keep coming back to. Delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the center, leaving enough meat inside the skin so that it holds its shape when baked.
  3. Boil the scooped-out center part until very soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saute pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the seasoned ground beef to the pan and saute until all of its liquid is evaporated and the beef begins to brown slightly.
  7. Drain the beef, removing the extra, unnecessary fat.
  8. Let cool briefly and chop the cooked beef so that there are no large chunks of meat.
  9. In another medium saute pan over medium heat add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and saute the onions, peppers and garlic together.
  10. In a bowl mix together the cooked eggplant, vegetables, cooked beef, herbs, 1 cup of the cheese, bread crumbs, and the egg.
  11. Fill the scooped-out eggplant halves with this mixture, dividing it evenly among the 2 halves.
  12. Top with chopped tomatoes and the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese, season with salt and pepper, place on an oiled oven tray or baking dish, and bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven.
  13. Let cool briefly, slice widthwise and serve.

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