Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Beef

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This recipe for stuffed eggplants uses small eggplants that hold the ingredients perfectly.  The eggplants are stuffed with ground beef and taste just delicious.

I used Cabot 40% reduced fat cheese for the stuffed but topped them with normal cheddar cheese so it would melt best.

Ground Beef Stuffed Eggplants

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Assemble your ingredients.   I used ground beef,  fresh eggplant, onion, garlic, peppers, herbs, cheese, bread crumbs, an egg and tomatoes.

ingredientsCut the eggplant in half and scoop out the center section. Boil the scooped-out center part in water for about 10 to 12 minutes.

boiled centers of eggplantsMeanwhile, heat the olive oil and cook the  ground beef until the beef  begins to brown slightly. Then add the onions, peppers and garlic together.

beef and veggies mixtureIn a bowl mix together the cooked eggplant, the beef and vegetable mixture, the herbs,  reduced fat  cheese, bread crumbs, and the egg.

stuffing mixtureFill the scooped-out eggplant halves with this mixture, dividing it evenly among them.

stuffed eggplantsTop with chopped tomatoes and the regular cheddar cheese, season with salt and pepper,  and bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool briefly, and serve.  (I had extra filling since I only had two good eggplants, so I stuffed two zucchini and made some meatballs too.)

Ground Beef Stuffed EggplantsEnjoy!

Ground beef stuffed eggplants

Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Beef
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 small eggplants
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, small diced
  • 1 red pepper, small diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • ½ cup freshly chopped basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup of Cabot 40% reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup regular grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the center section being sure to leave enough meat inside the skin so that it holds its shape when baked. Boil the scooped-out center part until very soft, for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium heat. Cook the ground beef until the beef begins to brown slightly.
  4. Add the onions, peppers and garlic together.
  5. In a bowl mix together the cooked eggplant, the beef and vegetable mixture, the herbs, the Cabot reduced fat cheese, bread crumbs, and the egg.
  6. Fill the scooped-out eggplant halves with this mixture, dividing it evenly among them.
  7. Top with chopped tomatoes and the regular cheddar cheese, season with salt and pepper, place on a Pam sprayed oven baking dish, and bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool briefly, and serve.

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