Turkey-Stuffed Eggplant

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 50 min

Ingredients

3 eggplants, each about 12 ounces

2 tablespoons; vegetable oil

1/4 cup; butter or margarine

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons; dried oregano, crushed

1 1/4 teaspoons; salt

1/2 teaspoon; freshly ground black pepper

2 cups; cubed cooked turkey

2 tablespoons; chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup; poultry gravy

3 tablespoons; grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup; chicken broth


Stuffing Mixture:

1/2 cup; butter or margarine

1/2 cup; finely chopped celery

1/2 cup; finely chopped onion

1/2 cup; chicken broth, fruit juice, or water

1/2 box (6 oz.) of Mrs. Cubbison's Traditional Seasoned Stuffing or Seasoned Corn Bread Stuffing

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • To prepare the stuffing mixture, place the butter or margarine in a large saucepan, and melt over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Add the broth, fruit juice, or water to the pan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the saucepan, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Set aside 2 tablespoons of the stuffing mix. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the remaining mix. Cover and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Set aside.
  • Cut each eggplant in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a shell 1/2" to 3/4" thick, and reserving the eggplant that has been scooped out. Coarsely chop the flesh and set aside. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each eggplant half so that it stands upright. Arrange the shells in a baking dish, brush with the oil, and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the shells are baking, place the butter or margarine in a large skillet and melt over low-medium heat. Add the reserved chopped eggplant, onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or just until tender, stirring often. Stir in the basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the prepared stuffing mixture, turkey, and parsley. Moisten lightly with the gravy. Then divide the mixture among the 6 eggplant shells, piling the mixture into each shell.
  • Combine the Parmesan with the reserved dry stuffing mix in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the stuffed eggplant, and arrange in the baking dish.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the dish, cover, and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake for 15 additional minutes, or until the shells are tender. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for sprinkling.