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Mama Mia July 28, 2009

Filed under: Fruit & Veg,Meat — butteryblog @ 11:33 pm
Stuffed so good!

Stuffed so good!

I am always on the prowl for awesome recipes. Things I can make so people utter “This is the best ___ I have ever had!” I tend to hold on to these recipes once I find them and not share. I refuse to give out my sugar cookie recipe to anyone anymore- Mrs. Butterpants got it out of me in a moment of weakness. I didn’t respond to my FIL’s email request for my sangria recipe. You get the idea. If it is raved about I just tuck it away and keep it to myself! So maybe it is the hot weather that has made me loopy but I feel like sharing today. I think if you make this one, it will also become one of your favorites. It is also a good thing to make if you are trying to impress/ seduce someone.


Mother Butter

Stuffed Eggplant courtesy of Michael Chiarello

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, small diced
  • 1 red pepper, small diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano, divided
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 chopped tomatoes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the center, leaving enough meat inside the skin so that it holds its shape when baked. Boil the scooped-out center part until very soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saute pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the seasoned ground beef to the pan and saute until all of its liquid is evaporated and the beef begins to brown slightly. Drain the beef, removing the extra, unnecessary fat. Let cool briefly and chop the cooked beef so that there are no large chunks of meat. In another medium saute pan over medium heat add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and saute the onions, peppers and garlic together.

In a bowl mix together the cooked eggplant, vegetables, cooked beef, herbs, 1 cup of the cheese, bread crumbs, and the egg.

Fill the scooped-out eggplant halves with this mixture, dividing it evenly among the 2 halves.

Top with chopped tomatoes and the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese, season with salt and pepper, place on an oiled oven tray or baking dish, and bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool briefly, slice widthwise and serve.


7 Responses to “Mama Mia”

  1. butteryblog Says:

    That’s hilarious! I do still have the cookie recipe somewhere! I’ll keep it secret, I swear! I have a few secret ones myself- mostly I’m under orders from Mother Butterpants not to share.

    ms. butterpants

  2. Mother Butter Says:

    Yes- I used to get mad when I would ask for recipes and people wouldn’t give them up. Now I get it!

  3. butteryblog Says:

    I don’t get it. I don’t get it at all! Why not share? Why keep it to yourself instead of spreading the joy of sugar cookies around the world?

    At any rate, glad you shared this. It looks so delicious.

    -Lady B

  4. Mother Butter Says:

    I am happy to make the cookies for anyone who asks. They are required at the Halloween party I go to every year. I don’t keep things to myself. I make and share all the time 🙂

  5. butteryblog Says:

    I know, Mother Butter! I always felt guilty about it! I’m glad you understand!

    Some of them are because I don’t have a particular recipe, it’s something I play with every time I make it so it’s never quite the same. But Mother Butterpants has two very specific recipes that she has threatened me with death, if shared.

    Most of the time I’ll share as long as we all observe the unspoken rule of “don’t bring someone else’s specialty to a party said person will attend”.

    ms. butterpants

  6. Mother Butter Says:

    I guess I have been reduced to feeling like no one will love me if I can’t feed them fabulous food.

  7. butteryblog Says:

    I loved you well before having any of your fabulous food! But, cooking delicious things inevitably does endear oneself to others.

    -Lady B

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