Monday, October 02, 2006

Eggplant Stew

After my post about what to do with an eggplant, I really got busy searching recipes using eggplant. When I'm trying a new recipe with a new ingredient (like eggplant), I have to really be picky about how I introduce it to Mr. U. If you ask him if he likes eggplant, he'll tell you "no". However, I know that with the right ingredients, he would LOVE it!! So...after much searching, I found this recipe. Well, this is not the original recipe that I found... I had to tweak it a bit to make it "mine" and I'll bet that most of y'all do the same thing, too. Here is Eggplant Stew...

Eggplant Stew

8 servings

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound eggplant, diced
3/4 cup finely diced carrots
3/4 cup sliced celery
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 bouillon cubes with 3 ½ cups water OR 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry macaroni
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion, beef, and garlic until beef is evenly brown. Drain grease, and mix in eggplant, carrots, celery, and tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Pour in beef broth. Mix in sugar, and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
2. Stir dry macaroni into the stew, and continue cooking 15 minutes, or until the macaroni is al dente. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.

As it turns out, Mr. U LOVES this recipe! He took one bite and pronounced it a keeper!! Woohooo!!!


Shari said...

i've been hearing a lot about eggplant lately, lol.

my friend posted a funny picture brain teaser on our message board... it looked like a bouquet of fried eggs in a gift basket.... and the answer was eggplant.

Julieann said...

Your eggplant stew looks yummy!!



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