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Eggplant with Ham Stuffing

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Category: Main Dish, Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 4 tb Butter
  • 1 1/2 c Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 lb Fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 tb Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 ts Dried Thyme
  • 2 tb Basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb Boiled ham, finely chopped
  • 10 tb Fresh bread crumbs
  • 7 tb Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 Med. eggplants (2 1/2 lb)
  • Flour
  • Tomato Sauce *
  • 1 c Peanut, veggie, or corn oil


1. Heat the butter and add the onions and garlic. Cook, stirring, until
onions are wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, lemon juice, salt,
pepper, parsley, thyme, and basil. Cook over relatively high heat,
stirring frequently, until the liquid has almost completely evaporated, 8
to 10 minutes. 2. Add the ham and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes. Add 6 T
bread crumbs and 3 T Parmesan cheese. 3. Trim off the ends and cut each
eggplant into 1/2 inch slices. You should have about 16 slices. 4. Pour the
flour into a baking dish and add salt and pepper to taste. Dredge the
eggplant slices in the flour mixture on both sides, shaking off the excess.
5. Heat about 1/4 cup oil in a large heavy skillet and add as many eggplant
slices as the skillet will hold. Cook until golden brown on one side, 1 1/2
to 2 minutes, adding more oil, little by little. The point is to add as
much oil as necessary but as little as possible. Turn the slices, cook
until golden on that side, and drain on paper towels. Continue adding
eggplant slices and oil as necessary until all the slices have been cooked
on both sides. The total cooking time for all slices should be about 15
minutes. 6. Select a rectangular, square, or oval baking dish. (A No. 6
Pyrex glass dish that measures 11 3/4 X 7 1/2 X 1 3/4 inches works well.)
Arrange the smaller slices of eggplant, sides touching, on the bottom of
the dish. Spoon the filling in the center, spreading it out but not quite
to the edges and mounding it in the center. Cover with the remaining
eggplant slices, overlapping as necessary. 7. Blend the remaining bread
crumbs and cheese and sprinkle over all. 8. When ready to cook, preheat
oven to 400 degrees. 9. Place the dish in the oven and bake 35 to 40
minutes. Remove the dish and pour off the fat that will have accumulated
on top and around the edges. Let cool slightly. 10. Serve with tomato

* Tomato sauce:

2 T butter, 1 1/2 T finely chopped onion, 1/2 t finely minced garlic, 2 c
canned tomatoes that have been blended or sieved, 1/4 bay leaf, salt to
taste, pepper to taste.

Melt 1 T butter in a saucepan and add the onion and garlic, stirring. When
the onion is wilted, add the tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cook,
stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Swirl in the remaining 1 T butter and serve hot.

Yield: About 2 cups

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