Stuffed eggplant #1

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Beef; ground or cubed beef stew
3 mediums Eggplants
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 medium Onion; chopped
2 Cloves garlic; minced (I used 4 because we love garlic)
1 Green pepper; chopped (I also used 1/2 red pepper chopped as well)
½ cup Grated romano (I also added 1/2 cup provolone)
¼ cup Dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Tomato paste (I used 3)
1¼ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Oregano
¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Basic tomato sauce (I used the Barilla brand marinara sauce)

submitted by: sgjg6566@... (Julie, Michigan, USA) Hi everyone! I made this for dinner last night and it was great! It's from the New York Times Cookbook (with a few minor alterations).

Boil the eggplants in a kettle of water, covered, for 15 minutes. Drain and cut in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the pulp, leaving a shell of ½ inch thick. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, heat the oil, add the onions, garlic, and green pepper and saute til just tender.

Remove to a bowl. Saute the beef until it loses its pink color. Drain and add to the bowl. Chop the eggplant pulp and combine with the sauteed mixture. Add remaining ingredients except tomato sauce and mix well. Fill the eggplant shells with the mixture and place in a greased baking pan.

Brush tops with additional oil and bake about 45 minutes. Serve with tomato sauce.

**I browned the beef and put the vegetables in together to save time. I took it off the heat to add the other ingredients.

**I served the marinara sauce on the side at the table so everyone could add their own.

DAVE <DAVIDG@...>

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