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Creole Stuffed Eggplant

Creole stuffed eggplant

This delicious stuffed eggplant dish is inspired by recipes I came across in old Creole cookbooks. It’s filled with typical Creole flavors like celery, bell pepper, onion and garlic, and seasoned with fresh herbs — parsley, basil, and thyme. It’s a heavenly dish for eggplant fans! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Creole stuffed eggplant

Creole Stuffed Eggplant

This delicious Creole stuffed eggplant dish is filled with typical Creole flavors like celery, bell pepper, onion and garlic, and seasoned with fresh herbs — parsley, basil, and thyme.
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Course: Eggplant main dish
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk finely diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cup chopped ripe tomatoes or 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, lightly drained
  • 2 medium eggplants about 1 pound each
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Chopped fresh basil as desired or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper or other hot sauce to taste
  • 1 cup dry whole-grain bread crumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté over medium-low heat until the onion is translucent. Add the bell pepper and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
  • Meanwhile, stem the eggplants and cut them in half lengthwise. With a sharp knife, score each half several times lengthwise and across. Then, carefully remove the pulp, leaving a sturdy 1/2-inch-thick shell all around.
  • Chop the eggplant pulp and add it to the skillet mixture along with all the remaining ingredients except the bread crumbs. Add a bit of water, just enough to keep the mixture moist. Cook, covered, until the eggplant is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in half of the bread crumbs.
  • Set the eggplant shells in an oiled shallow baking dish in which they will be securely propped up against one other.
  • Divide the stuffing evenly among the shells. Top evenly with the remaining bread crumbs.
  • Bake for 20 minutes covered, then uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until the eggplant shells are tender but not collapsed. Serve at once.


Creole stuffed eggplant recipe

Creole stuffed eggplant

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  • Reply
    Kristin Hoenig
    July 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Would zucchini work here?

    • Reply
      July 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Kristin, one of those large summer zucchinis would work, and it would be a good use for them.

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