Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Meat Stuffed Eggplants

If you like eggplants as much as I do, than these meat stuffed eggplants may become your next, absolute favorite dish.

I agree, the making may be slightly time consuming, but the overall result, and I mean the taste, is very well worth every minute you spent to make this delicious and flavorful dish. I have several recipes for meat stuffed eggplants. I hope you try this one first, let me know how you like it and I’ll go ahead and share more recipes for meat stuffed eggplants or other veggies.

Happy cooking!

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe


Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

You will need 3 large eggplants ( about 14-16 oz/ 400 grams each)


9”x13” baking pan

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

For the meat stuffing 

600-650 grams fresh ground meat, I used half turkey, half beef

⅔ cup rice, round or long grain, I used jasmine rice

1 large onion

3-4 cloves of garlic

½ cup water or vegetable stock (or any stock you have on hand, this is to make the meat mixture more tender)

3-4 tbs fresh parsley and cilantro mix, use any of your favorite herbs if desired

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp dried savori (optional)

2 tsp dried dill

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp sumac (optional )

Salt to taste

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

For tomato sauce 

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

4-6 tbs olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

3-4 cloves of garlic,minced

2-3 green chilli peppers or bell peppers, finely sliced or cubed

1 can tomato sauce

½ cup salsa

1-2 tbs red pepper paste

1 tsp ground black pepper (or white pepper)

½ tsp curry powder

1 cup vegetable stock or water

Salt to taste

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe


Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Start by prepping the eggplants 

Wash the eggplants

Using a knife make about 5-6 half inch slices on each eggplant, leaving an inch or so from the top and from the bottom, refer to YouTube video for more details

Do not slice through completely, leave the bottom of each eggplant flat and uncut

Generously sprinkle each slot with salt and set aside, the salt will remove the bitterness from the eggplant

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Preparing the rice 

Wash the rice, place in a saucepan and cover with boiling water

Bring to a boil, turn of the heat , set aside Do not cook the rice!

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Making the meat stuffing 

In a food processor combine:

Vegetable stock ( or water), coarsely chopped onion, garlic,herbs,spices and seasonings

Pulse until smooth and add to the ground meat, add in the rice (rinse it with cold water before adding )

Mix everything well until incorporated

Good idea to taste the salt

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Making the tomato sauce 

In a frypan combine olive oil and chopped onions

Sauté until translucent , add the chopped peppers and cook 2-3 more minutes

Stir in the tomato sauce, red pepper paste, salsa and vegetable stock

Cook another 2-3 minutes, add salt, pepper and curry powder (feel free to use your favorite spices)

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Now when everything is prepared and ready, you can start stuffing and arranging the eggplants in your baking pan

Preheat the oven to 425°F /200°C degrees

Wash off all the salt from the eggplants before stuffing

Place about the ¼ of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan

Stuff each slot of the eggplant with meat and place on baking pan

Pour some of the tomato sauce on top of each eggplant, leave the rest of the sauce for later use

Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Cover with foil and cook about 45-50 minutes

Remove the foil drizzle with tomato sauce again and cook another 15-20 minutes

Repeat the same 1-2 more times and cook 15-20 more minutes or until the eggplants are cooked through

It’s a good idea to slice one and check if it’s cooked, before you turn off the heat

Allow the dish to set 10-15 minutes before serving

Enjoy and Bon Appetite !

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Meat Stuffed Eggplants Recipe