Stuffed Eggplant with Lean Ground Beef


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Ingredients

  • 1 Large eggplant
  • 3 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 lb Lean ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Onion small diced
  • 1 Red pepper, small diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup Freshly chopped basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Chopped tomatoes

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the center, leaving enough meat inside the skin so that it holds its shape when baked.
  3. Boil the scooped-out center part until very soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the seasoned ground beef to the pan and sauté until all its liquid is evaporated and the beef begins to brown slightly. Drain the beef, removing the extra, unnecessary fat. Let cool briefly and chop the cooked beef so that there are no large chunks of meat.
  5. In another medium sauté pan over medium heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the onions, peppers and garlic together.
  6. In a bowl, mix together the cooked eggplant, vegetables, cooked beef, herbs, and the egg white.
  7. Fill the scooped-out eggplant halves with this mixture, dividing it evenly between the 2 halves.
  8. Top with chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, place on an oiled oven tray or baking dish, and bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool briefly, slice widthwise and serve.