Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stuffed Eggplant with Tomato Jam

Fresh summer eggplant and Slow Jams Tomato Jam are combined to create a simple and delightful dinner, perfect for the last weeks of dining al fresco.  Right now, tomatoes are at the peak of their season, so we had to capture their delicious flavor in a jar!


5 Japanese Eggplants
3 Tbs Olive Oil
2 lbs Ground Beef (Lamb or Chicken will also work well)
1 Small Onion
3 Red Peppers
6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
½ Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves
½ Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1 ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese
¾ Cup Slow Jams Tomato Jam
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut eggplants in half and remove center, leaving “boats”.  Dice eggplant and chop onions and red peppers into ½ inch square pieces.

Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a medium sauté pan and season ground beef with salt and pepper.  Sauté ground beef and brown.  When beef is browned (8-10 minutes), remove from the pan and set beef aside.  Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in pan and add onions, peppers and garlic.  Sauté until browned (8 minutes) and then remove from the heat.  Add cooked beef, herbs, 1 cup of cheese and ½ cup of Slow Jams Tomato Jam to the mixture.   

Season eggplant “boats” with salt and pepper and place on a greased baking sheet.  Divide meat mixture between 10 boats and top with remaining cheese.  Bake eggplant for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and brown. 

Remove eggplant from oven and garnish with remaining Slow Jams Tomato Jam.  Enjoy!