The Thai-inspired pork-and-shrimp filling for this stuffed eggplant recipe is generously seasoned with lemongrass and green curry.

Bruce Aidells
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012
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Ingredients

Eggplant & Stuffing
Sauce

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • To prepare eggplant: Halve eggplants lengthwise, keeping stems intact. Using a paring knife, score the cut sides in a crisscross pattern, taking care not to cut into the skin. Brush the cut sides with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Place the eggplants cut-side down in a large roasting pan. Brush the skins with 1/2 tablespoon oil.

  • Bake for 15 minutes. Turn eggplants over and bake until the flesh is quite tender, 15 to 20 minutes more; remove from the oven. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees .

  • To prepare stuffing & stuff eggplant: Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, jalapeno and lemongrass; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add scallions and cilantro stems; cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  • When the eggplants are cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, leaving about 1/4 inch of pulp in the skin. Chop the eggplant pulp; add to the bowl. Stir in pork, shrimp, rice, 2 tablespoons curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime zest and egg. Return eggplants to the roasting pan. Mound about 1 cup stuffing into each.

  • Bake the eggplants until the stuffing is firm and registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 30 minutes.

  • To prepare sauce: Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in shallots, scallion whites, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in coconut milk, 3 tablespoons lime juice, fish sauce and 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Bring to a simmer.

  • When the eggplants are done, pour the sauce over them and bake 5 minutes more. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves.

Tips

Tips: Look for lemongrass--a woody, scallion-shaped herb with an aromatic lemon flavor--in the produce department of well-stocked supermarkets or Asian food shops. To use, trim off the root end and grassy top. Peel off the woody outer leaves. Thinly slice the softer inner stalk, then finely chop.

Depending on your supermarket, it might be hard to find a lean option for ground pork. But it's easy to make your own in a food processor. Choose a lean cut, such as loin or tenderloin. Cut into pieces and then pulse in a food processor until uniformly ground (being careful not to overprocess, turning the meat into mush). Or ask your butcher to grind it for you. Using lean pork or lamb instead of regular ground pork saves up to 164 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat per 3 ounces of cooked meat.

Look for prepared Thai green curry paste--a fiery mixture of green chiles and Thai seasonings--in the Asian section of large supermarkets. The heat and salt levels vary depending on brand. Be sure to taste as you go.

Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of well-stocked supermarkets and at Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.

Nutrition Facts

379.1 calories; protein 25.4g 51% DV; carbohydrates 35.9g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.5g 26% DV; sugars 10.7g; fat 16.7g 26% DV; saturated fat 6.3g 32% DV; cholesterol 114.6mg 38% DV; vitamin a iu 432.8IU 9% DV; vitamin c 10.7mg 18% DV; folate 50.9mcg 13% DV; calcium 68.9mg 7% DV; iron 1.9mg 11% DV; magnesium 74mg 26% DV; potassium 616.1mg 17% DV; sodium 735.3mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV; added sugar 2g.

Reviews (5)

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2019
This was fantastic. Made them with the Asian long skinny eggplants otherwise followed the recipe. I made the ground pork by putting chunks of pork tenderloin in the food processor. I didn't over do it and there is no way anyone would think it was mushy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2019
Delicious! Not mushy at all. A great asian take on stuffed eggplant. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2014
Order Matters - Get it right Super delicious and flavorful. Just be ready for lots of prep and ingredients. I wish you could click a button and sync to Fresh Direct or a local grocery store. I had to run out a few times to get ingredients I flat out missed the first time. Make the rice first. It can take close to an hour. All in all a delicious recipe but give yourself some time. It took me 2.5 hours from start to finish. Pros: Delish and flavorful dish Cons: Lots of ingredients. You must plan well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2013
Lots of work but worth it I did not find the recipe to be mushy but I do adore eggplant. The spices were just like downtown but so much healthier than eating in a restaurant. Make sure to notice that it calls for cooked brown rice before you start. I couldn't believe how flavorful this was! Will make again when I have time! Pros: Scrumptious Cons: Lots of ingredients lots of steps Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/08/2012
This recipe is way too mushy. It may just be the egg plant. Make sure you really like eggplant before making this. Pros: The sauce is decent Cons: It's too mushy Read More