YEAH! My local farmer’s markets are open for the season. If you read my last recipe, you know that I found some fabulous heirloom tomatoes and used them to create an incredible recipe for Heirloom Bruschetta Parmesan Crisps. That day, I also picked up a few eggplants. Now, I already know that my Hubby is not a huge fan of eggplant. However, I had a good feeling he would love my Roasted Eggplant Boats. I’m not sure whether he was being kind, or was just super hungry. Regardless, he devoured two of them! Since he is still on the keto diet, I thought this recipe would be a great option for him. If you really can’t convince someone to try eggplant, then I assure you, they will love my Zucchini Boats.
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TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST ROASTED EGGPLANT BOATS
Honestly, this recipe comes together rather quickly. While the eggplant is roasting in the oven, you can prepare the filling. So, once you fill the roasted eggplant and top with cheese, its really just a matter of baking for less than ten minutes to melt and brown the cheese. This recipe is ideal for any weeknight.
In my opinion, it is really necessary to roast the eggplant prior to filling. Roasting creates this soft texture inside that can still hold up to the filling. Typically, I would cut the eggplant, sprinkle with salt, then allow it to sit and expel some of its moisture content. Similar to how I prepare my Low-Carb Eggplant Parmesan and my Eggplant Napoleons. However, there is no need to do this for this recipe for Roasted Eggplant Boats. The heat from the oven is sufficient to draw out any excess water.
Once you cut the eggplant in half, with a spoon carve out the insides to form a boat. Be sure to leave a bit of an edge on all sides, as well as the bottom. The skin will become soft and pliable, after roasting. So, you need a strong base for the filling.
One thing I love most about this recipe, is that no part of the eggplant goes to waste. Once you spoon out the insides, you are going to dice them up to use in the filling. Additionally, my recipe calls to use both hot sausage and ground meat. If you prefer to go meatless, leave out the meat and replace with diced mushrooms. Just be sure to season well, as most of the flavor comes from the fat in the meat.
Since I did not have any of my Homemade Sauce on hand, I used a jarred marinara from Delallo. Keep in mind, you do not want the filling to contain too much sauce. You are looking for the perfect balance of meat and sauce. As for the cheese, I decided to use only freshly grated mozzarella from Galbani with a sprinkle of Parmesan for garnish. Additionally, you could also add a spoonful of ricotta cheese to each boat.
Serve these fabulous Roasted Eggplant Boats with a side salad for one perfect meal! ENJOY!Print
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