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In this Italian stuffed eggplant recipe, fresh breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley make a simple, yet delicious filling for an “inside-out” eggplant Parmesan. Serve these stuffed eggplants as a light dinner along with a big salad.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2014


Recipe Summary

1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Halve eggplants lengthwise. Trim a little off the undersides so they lie flat. Cut around the inside edge with a paring knife to separate the flesh from the skin. Scoop out the flesh and roughly chop. Set the shells aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped eggplant and cook, stirring frequently, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, season with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and set aside to cool.

  • Heat the remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Season the eggplant shells with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Cook in the hot oil (in batches, if necessary), turning once, until golden brown and soft, 5 to 8 minutes. (Use caution: they will bubble and spit a little when you turn them over.) Drain on paper towels.

  • Dunk breadcrumbs in a bowl of water and squeeze them out. Transfer to the bowl with the eggplant filling. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan, egg, parsley and capers. Use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix. Fill the eggplant shells with the stuffing and use a spoon to smooth the tops.

  • Spoon 1 cup tomato sauce into an ovenproof dish big enough to fit the eggplant in one layer. Transfer the stuffed eggplant to the dish. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the remaining sauce over each and top with a basil leaf. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

  • Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the filling registers 160 degrees F, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 eggplant
324 calories; protein 9.2g; carbohydrates 27.1g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 9.5g; fat 21g; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 55.1mg; vitamin a iu 996.1IU; vitamin c 16.4mg; folate 95.4mcg; calcium 161.4mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 49.1mg; potassium 718.8mg; sodium 470.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 1g.

1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 3 fat