Stuffed Eggplant

My biggest child (i.e. the grown man child) is always my pickiest eater.  There are so many things that he doesn’t like, thinks he doesn’t like or thinks it sounds like something he might not like.  He has become better over the years but there are many things that he still isn’t willing to eat.  I am always conjuring ideas to use everything in my basket – even the things we don’t like.  We have been contributing to Bountiful Baskets since 2011 so there have been a lot of experiments, some failures and a lot of successes.

One of the things that he insists that he hates is eggplant.  I started sneaking it into pasta sauces or hiding it in other ways.  This is my most brazen use of it yet.  I was really going out on a limb and hoping that he would eat it up.  I literally watched his first bite to catch his reaction…. but there was nothing.  Then, he took another bite and another and another.  He ate it all!  Score!

Stuffed Eggplant

Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 links Italian sausage (or 1/2 lb ground)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 round tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 lb. feta
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut eggplant in half and scoop out interior flesh, leaving a border to hold the ingredients when you stuff and bake it. Chop the scooped eggplant into small cubes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the sausage and garlic until the sausage is cooked. Add the eggplant, onion, bell pepper and tomato. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Then remove from the heat to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Drizzle the eggplant shells with oil and sprinkle a little salt and pepper.
  4. Add 1/2 of the feta to the eggplant/sausage mixture. Fill the eggplant shells with the mixture and top with the remaining feta.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the feta starts to brown.

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