Sausage-Stuffed Eggplant

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A local winery/restaurant serves a stuffed eggplant appetizer that is so delicious. While trying to duplicate it at home, I found this to be one of our favorite eggplant dinners. Be sure to select an eggplant that is smooth, blemish-free and kind of heavy for it's size. Serve with a green salad.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) eggplant, halved lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ pound bulk Italian sausage

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Brush cut sides of eggplant with olive oil and place, cut-side up onto a baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Meanwhile, brown the Italian sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat; drain off the grease. Place into a mixing bowl, and season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Stir in bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, and the beaten egg; mix well.

  4. Once the roasted eggplant has cooled enough to handle, scoop out the flesh to within 1/2-inch of the skin to create a shell. Roughly chop the eggplant meat, and fold into the sausage mixture. Divide evenly among the two eggplant shells, and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until the filling has set, and the cheese is bubbly and golden-brown, about 30 minutes. While the eggplant is baking, warm the remaining spaghetti sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat to serve with the eggplant.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

836 Calories
47g Fat
64g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 836
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 2411mg 105%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 19g 66%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 573mg 44%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1914mg 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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