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posted: 12/07/14

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This Stuffed Eggplant is an old family favorite. Tender eggplant and spicy sausage topped with homemade red sauce, this hearty dish is stuffed with flavor!
Stuffed Eggplant | Delicious eggplant stuffed with spicy sausage and topped with homemade red sauce!
This Stuffed Eggplant recipe comes from my dear grandma, who passed away when I was eleven. That woman, if she put out a cookbook today, it would be a best seller!  There was only one problem with her cooking: she never wrote down her recipes!! My mom told me that she would chase my grandma around the kitchen, trying to write down what she was doing. “How much salt was that??” my mom would ask. “I don’t know, a dash!” my grandma would respond. So in a way, all this amazing cooking was sort of lost.
Grandma and me
So this Stuffed Eggplant recipe is loosely based on how she made it. But you’ll love it just the same. Lots of spicy sausage stuffed into tender eggplant, smothered with her famous homemade sauce and topped with cheese, it’s a savory and filling meal that everyone will love! Even if you don’t think you’re an eggplant fan, you will like this!
Do you eat eggplant? I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you like to prepare it.

This Stuffed Eggplant is an old family favorite. Tender eggplant and spicy sausage topped with homemade red sauce, this hearty dish is stuffed with flavor!

WHAT DOES EGGPLANT TASTE LIKE?

I love eggplant, I really do. But I understand how it can be intimidating to eat and cook with. Eggplant tastes sort of like zucchini, mild and somewhat bland until you pair it with other ingredients. It’s not the kind of thing you’d eat raw because it can taste a bit bitter with a spongy texture. Once cooked though, the taste becomes more mild. Eggplant is super good for you, though! High in fiber, low in calories, it can be used as a substitute for meat or pasta.

HOW TO COOK EGGPLANT

There are several ways to cook eggplant: you can boil, grill, sautee or broil it. I’m going to show you how it works best for this stuffed eggplant recipe:

  • Start by cutting an eggplant in half, and gutting it.
eggplant cooked with insides scraped out
  • Blanch the eggplant for about four minutes in boiling water.
This Stuffed Eggplant is an old family favorite. Tender eggplant and spicy sausage topped with homemade red sauce, this hearty dish is stuffed with flavor!
  • Drain, chop the innards, and combine them with meat, egg, and breadcrumbs.
This Stuffed Eggplant is an old family favorite. Tender eggplant and spicy sausage topped with homemade red sauce, this hearty dish is stuffed with flavor!
  • While the eggplant is baking, make some sauce. Of course you could top this with jarred sauce, but the homemade sauce is super easy and I feel like it is what really makes it taste like lunch at grandmas.
  • Take the eggplant out of the oven, top with the sauce and put it all back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Stuffed Eggplant | Delicious eggplant stuffed with spicy sausage and topped with homemade red sauce!

MORE EGGPLANT RECIPES

Once you start cooking with eggplant, you’ll find there are so many delicious recipes to choose from! Try some of my very favorite ways to prepare eggplant. You won’t believe how flavorful and simple these are to make!

Pair this stuffed eggplant with a simple green salad and some pasta and you have an absolutely delicious lunch or dinner. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Please leave a comment below and enjoy my grandma’s stuffed eggplant recipe!

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Stuffed Eggplant

Serves: 4
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This Stuffed Eggplant is an old family favorite. Tender eggplant and spicy sausage topped with homemade red sauce, this hearty dish is stuffed with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage casings removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 lb. can 28 oz peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried sweet basil
  • 1 tsp oregano

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut eggplants in half. Scoop out the pulp with spoon. Blanch the eggplant pulp and shells in boiling water (with a little salt thrown in) for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well.
  • Let the eggplant cool, then chop the pulp and mix it with the bread crumbs, sausage (raw), eggs, parsley, pepper, salt, and garlic salt.
  • Fill the eggplants with the mixture, put it into a well oiled pan, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • While the eggplants cook, make sauce. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
  • Once the sauce is boiling, use a potato ricer to smash up the tomatoes.
  • Turn the heat down and let the sauce simmer while the eggplant finishes cooking.
  • After 30 minutes, top the eggplant with the sauce, and put it all back in the oven for 10 minutes.
Serving: 1half Calories: 640kcal (32%) Carbohydrates: 43g (14%) Protein: 31g (62%) Fat: 37g (57%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 173mg (58%) Sodium: 2217mg (96%) Potassium: 690mg (20%) Fiber: 11g (46%) Sugar: 14g (16%) Vitamin A: 39IU (1%) Vitamin C: 42mg (51%) Calcium: 18mg (2%) Iron: 18mg (100%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. [email protected] says

    I love that you found this recipe, and that it can live on now. We as sons and daughters of cooks have to remember, too, that our kids are going to want to know how we make their favorites. We have to trust ourselves and our ability to create, just as our parents did.

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I always forget how much I love eggplant!! Love this. And the family photos!

  3. heather @french press says

    grandma recipes are the best! such great family photos Lisa

  4. Kirsten says

    Lisa,
    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate your help in making this index better!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Kirsten!

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