Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Whether you call it melongene, eggplant, aubergine or garden egg, you’re referring to one of my favorite ingredients. And when you are talking about Stuffed Melongene you are definitely referring to one of my favorite dishes. It’s such a favorite that my mother makes it for me every birthday. I look forward to it more than the cake!

Creamy, buttery, chewy on the outside from the charred skin, and sweet on top from the ketchup, my mother’s recipe to me is close to the ultimate comfort food :) If you wanted to turn this into a vegetarian favorite I would simply use more breadcrumbs or christophene (cho cho/chayote) in place of the meat or any leftover chopped vegetables.

Stuffed Melongene

1 large melongene (eggplant/aubergine/garden egg)
1 cup cooked minced meat
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
3 tbs margarine or olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

Instructions:

1. Wash melongenes and cut off head.
2. Halve lengthwise
3. Sprinkle with salt and let drain for about 20 minutes
4. Place melongene halves, skin-side up in a large pot.
5. Pour enough water to barely cover the melongene slices
6. Cover pot and steam until tender
7. Scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell
8. Dice pulp and cook in margarine/olive oil in a covered pan over low heat for about 15 minutes
9. Remove from heat and mix with the rest of the ingredients
10. Spoon mixture into melongene ‘shells’.
11. Place melongene shells onto a greased baking dish.
12. Drizzle with olive oil/melted margarine and then cover with ketchup
13. Bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes

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This post was originally published November 21, 2006. It has been updated twice since then.

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  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    I am going to try this recipe out tommorrow

  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    I am going to try this recipe out tommorrow

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    awesome! :D take pics :D !!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    awesome! :D take pics :D !!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    awesome! :D take pics :D !!!

  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    Nikki
    I tried it and it was delicious…Since I have been in the US I totally forgot about Adding Ketchup to ground beef…You know the way it is SUPPOSED to be! Well Girl it made all the difference…..
    Remember Miss Cumberbatch and the Beef Risotto?

  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    Nikki
    I tried it and it was delicious…Since I have been in the US I totally forgot about Adding Ketchup to ground beef…You know the way it is SUPPOSED to be! Well Girl it made all the difference…..
    Remember Miss Cumberbatch and the Beef Risotto?

  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    Nikki
    I tried it and it was delicious…Since I have been in the US I totally forgot about Adding Ketchup to ground beef…You know the way it is SUPPOSED to be! Well Girl it made all the difference…..
    Remember Miss Cumberbatch and the Beef Risotto?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    WE MADE RISOTTO??!!
    when i say i’ve blanked out BAHS it’s no joke. didn’t even remember her name was cumberbatch!! people come up to me in the street and i am literally like WHO ARE YOU?? didn’t forget you though :)

    so glad you liked the recipe… the oils and ketchup are the key :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    WE MADE RISOTTO??!!
    when i say i’ve blanked out BAHS it’s no joke. didn’t even remember her name was cumberbatch!! people come up to me in the street and i am literally like WHO ARE YOU?? didn’t forget you though :)

    so glad you liked the recipe… the oils and ketchup are the key :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    WE MADE RISOTTO??!!
    when i say i’ve blanked out BAHS it’s no joke. didn’t even remember her name was cumberbatch!! people come up to me in the street and i am literally like WHO ARE YOU?? didn’t forget you though :)

    so glad you liked the recipe… the oils and ketchup are the key :D

  • Sophia

    Hi,
    Some relatives don’t eat beef so I tried it using chicken, i added tomatoes when cooking the melongene instead of ketchup and it was so delicious.

    thanks.

  • Sophia

    Hi,
    Some relatives don’t eat beef so I tried it using chicken, i added tomatoes when cooking the melongene instead of ketchup and it was so delicious.

    thanks.

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