Monday, August 25, 2008

Sardinian Stuffed Eggplant

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Fay won't stop
something something something rain
something something a giant pain.

I am not a poet.

Sardinian Stuffed Eggplant
Adapted from this recipe in Food and Wine

1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 of a medium white onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup freshly grated fresh pecorino cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup plain, dried bread crumbs
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon chopped basil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
One 35-ounce can Italian peeled tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped

Halve the eggplant lengthwise. Carefully scoop the flesh out of each half, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Chop the scooped out eggplant flesh and place it in a colander. Toss the chopped eggplant with 1 teaspoon salt and let it drain for 30 minutes, then rinse well. Working in handfuls, squeeze out as much of the water as possible.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet. Add the eggplant shells to the pot and cook, gently poking them under to keep them submerged, until just tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggplant shells to the wire rack to drain and cool. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and arrange the eggplant shells in it, cut sides up.

In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped eggplant and wine and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and just beginning to brown, 15 minutes. Add the turkey and cook over moderately high heat, stirring and breaking up the meat, until cooked through and lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer the eggplant filling to a bowl and stir in 1/8 cup of the pecorino, the eggs, bread crumbs, nutmeg, and basil. Season the filling with salt and pepper. Spoon the filling into the eggplant shells.

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon half of the sauce over the eggplants and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 cup of grated pecorino. Bake the eggplant until browned and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve, passing the remaining tomato sauce on the side.


Maria said...

Yum! I love eggplant...I will have to try stuffing it next time!

Reeni said...

I bet this was really delicious, it looks beautiful!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This looks fantastic! Lucky for me my mother's eggplant crop has started to come in! ;)

Grace said...

nope, you're not a great poet, but you sure are a great cook. this sounds downright delicious. keep working on that poetry... :)

Aggie said...

ooooh...I love eggplant and this sounds and looks delicious!