eggplant casserole #2

8 Servings
½ cup Peanut oil
2 larges Yellow onions; chopped
Cloves garlic; chopped fine
4 mediums Eggplants; unpeeled, cut in 1/2-inch dice
Ribs celery; chopped
Sweet bell pepper; chopped
½ teaspoon Whole thyme leaves
½ cup Chopped parsley
3 tablespoons Tomato paste
2 pounds Lean ground pork
1 teaspoon Tabasco
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  Salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
Egg; beaten
½ cup Bread crumbs

I really cannot understand why the "Northerners" don't eat more eggplant.

To me it is the most delicious vegetable imaginable. I once did a whole show on nothing but eggplant. I want you to give this dish a serious chance. It will pay off, I promise! Heat a large Dutch oven and add the oil. Lightly brown the yellow onions and garlic and then add the eggplant, celery, green pepper, thyme, parsley, and tomato paste. Saut‚, covered, stirring often, until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.

In the meantime pan-brown the pork. Drain the fat and discard.

When the vegetables are tender stir in the pork, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and the egg. Place in a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle the bread crumbs on top. Bake uncovered in a 350ø oven until the top is lightly browned and the dish is very hot, about 35 to 40 minutes.

From <The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American>. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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