Stuffed Eggplant


Thoroughly scrub eggplants. Remove and discard stems. Cut the eggplants in half and scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/2 inch shell. Place the pulp from the eggplants into a colander. Sprinkle the hollowed-out shells and the pulp with salt and let stand for 30-45 minutes. Rinse both the pulp and the shells thoroughly and dry.

Dice the bacon and saute in a large skillet until golden brown. Pour half the bacon grease into a container and reserve. In the remaining bacon grease, saute the onion and garlic over low heat until soft. Add the rinsed and dried eggplant pulp along with additional bacon grease, if necessary. Saute for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add the tomato sauce and parsley and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the grated cheese and bacon and heat through. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat broiler. Brush outside of eggplant shells with olive oil and place on baking sheets. Place under broiler and broil just until the skin begins to bubble. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels. Preheat oven to 375°. Fill each eggplant shell with the tomato and pulp mixture until mounded and place in baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Serve hot or lukewarm. 4 servings.