I saved this a while back ago on Zaar for safe keeping. I think this is from http://www.latartinegourmande.com/ With their delicate, tender flesh and thinner, more elongated shape, Italian eggplant - they’re dark purple, like regular eggplant - are great to stuff. Select vegetables that are firm to the touch and have no wrinkles. Halve the eggplant, brush them with oil, and bake them until they’re soft enough to scoop out the flesh. For the stuffing, saute a shallot with garlic and ground coriander, and add fresh tomatoes and the flesh of the eggplant. Stir in ricotta, fresh herbs, ham, and pecorino cheese. Stuffed eggplant can be made in advance and reheated just before serving. For the days when you’d rather be outside than in.