Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant (Aubergine)
My Dad mailed me this sometime in the 80’s along with a story about the grumpiest man in the club restaurant he managed falling in love with this dish. I have modified his recipe some.
- Ready In:
- 1 medium eggplant, per 2 servings
- 1 medium onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1⁄2 cup small raw shrimp
- 1⁄4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, as needed
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 cup swiss cheese, shredded (optional)
- Cut each eggplant it half, cutting through the stem and down its length.
- Cut perpendicular (criss-cross) slices in the flesh of the eggplant to within ¼ inch of the shell.
- Use a spoon to scoop out cubes of eggplant pulp.
- Place shells in an oven preheated to 350 while preparing the filling or in a shallow pan of boiling water. You want the shells a little tender but not fully cooked when you stuff them.
- Saute onion and garlic in a little oil in a skillet until transparent but not brown.
- Add the eggplant pulp and cook until done.
- Add shrimp and cook for about 5 more minutes.
- Add basil and enough breadcrumbs until mix is firm but not dry. Salt and pepper to taste. Cheese can be added if desired at this step and grated on top after cooking as well.
- Stuff shells and put in oven proof dish. Heat in 350 oven until piping hot or freeze.
- Serve with a salad and good French or Italian bread. Fantastic.
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I really liked it. The only changes I made were to add some chopped red bell pepper with the onion, eliminate the garlic (my husband's garlic allergy), and use a lot of fresh oregano along with a lesser amount of fresh basil (supply issue). My husband, on the other hand, liked it, but thought that the shrimp overwhelmed the dish a bit. He thinks that it could be eliminated and that it could be better as a vegetarian dish, which I will try sometime, maybe adding some additional new ingredient other than the shrimp. Precooked lentils? I did use the full amount of grated Emmental cheese, but the one I had was not particularly strong. My husband said he could not taste it as much as he'd like. Again, I think he felt the shrimp overwhelmed the dish. I didn't mind that. I served the dish with the suggested baguette and a spinach salad with dried cranberries, sliced fresh apricot, and a mix of chopped nuts topped with a simple orange red wine vinaigrette.