My grandmother made the best eggplant. I hope you enjoy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Put bread crumbs in a bowl with enough water to cover; set aside to soak.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, and garlic in hot oil until the beef is completely browned and no large chunks remain, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir eggplant into ground beef mixture; cook and stir until eggplant is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and set aside to allow mixture to cool.

  • Drain excess water from bread crumbs and dump into a large bowl; add ground beef mixture, half the tomatoes, rice, Italian cheese blend, egg, and basil. Stir the mixture until ingredients are evenly mixed, adding more liquid from the tomatoes if too dry; season with salt and pepper. Fill the eggplant shells with the mixture and put into a large baking dish. Top with remaining tomatoes and cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, remove foil, and continue baking until beginning to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

628 calories; protein 33g 66% DV; carbohydrates 48.1g 16% DV; fat 35.5g 55% DV; cholesterol 187.8mg 63% DV; sodium 773.2mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2015
This recipe fit right in with the meal plan my husband and I are eating. It was very very good but I did add a little more seasonings to it as we like more flavor. I added the cheese blend at the table as my husband is allergic to dairy. The filling was moist but did not hold together and I wonder if the egg should have been added raw to the meat mixture giving it more binding. Adding a hard boiled egg was a bit odd it tasted fine but didn't really add anything to the mix. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2018
I made this dish because I ve been looking for different ways to cook with ground beef. It was good but I think next time I m going to make a red gravy to top it with and the cheese there just wasn t enough of the tomato taste and maybe a little more basil and a little Italian seasoning. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2015
This recipe fit right in with the meal plan my husband and I are eating. It was very very good but I did add a little more seasonings to it as we like more flavor. I added the cheese blend at the table as my husband is allergic to dairy. The filling was moist but did not hold together and I wonder if the egg should have been added raw to the meat mixture giving it more binding. Adding a hard boiled egg was a bit odd it tasted fine but didn't really add anything to the mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2015
Very good and easy to make-yes more seasonings are necessary. But overall delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2018
I made this dish because I ve been looking for different ways to cook with ground beef. It was good but I think next time I m going to make a red gravy to top it with and the cheese there just wasn t enough of the tomato taste and maybe a little more basil and a little Italian seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2017
ery good recipe that I ended up grilling outside. I didn't add egg to my recipe and top it off with some Parmesan cheese. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/25/2015
I followed the recipe except for the hard boiled egg and it was disappointing. Pretty much tasteless. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2019
It was good but definitely needs more flavor. I followed some of the reviewers' suggestions and added some additional seasoning but seems it still wasn't enough. Next time I'll add a pinch more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2020
I made this for my family last night and it was pretty good! Just needed a bit more seasoning and I added garlic pepper. We enjoyed it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2016
We stuck to the recipe and loved the flavor. About the only negative is that the eggplant didn't give the amount of pulp that I expected. The result was a very tasty dish that was kind of overbalanced in ground beef and the texture of the eggplant wasn't significant. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
I made it exactly as the recipe said my husband and I loved it and will make it again Read More