When I saw these little tiny baby eggplants at the store, I couldn't resist buying them. For my friends in Europe these are also called aubergines. Made them into stuffed baby eggplant party food. In Asia, these would probably be stuffed with fish paste, but I took a different route and went with ground beef to please my crowd.
I have seen a similar recipe for it in one of my many cookbooks, but didn't find it. So I improvised from my limited memory, and came up with this. Used a pound of ground beef, seasoned with pepper, salt, soy sauce, a little sesame oil and finely diced shallots. Cut the baby eggplant in half, keeping the stems part intact, and slice again to make a cross. Stuff beef mixture into the eggplant. Dip in sesame seeds and deep fry was what I recalled.Note: All the eggplant lovers enjoyed the soft texture of the baby eggplant with the ground beef and sesame seeds. It's kinda like poppers as you can finish it in one bite. Served this dish with some spicy red chili sauce on the side. Instead of deep frying the baby eggplants, I browned it with a little oil in the pan and finished it in the oven.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
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Oooh, the baby eggplant are so cute!
Those are a beautiful color on their own, but the presentation is really interesting.
Thanks Cate and Kelly!
Looks fantastic. Unfortunately no baby eggplant here :(
I love these, especially with chili/sambal.
Thanks Cooking Ninja! Maybe you can try it with other baby veggies?
Hi Retno prihadana,
They are fun and spicy with chili sambal!
This looks mouth-watering! I can almost taste it from your picture.
I have seen smaller ones for curry, but never seen this size eggplants before. They must be sweet and yummy!
That's funny, our kitchens sometimes have alike recipes. :-) I made some eggplant antepasto the other day. This definetly sounds soo good! The sesame seeds added an special touch.
And I forgot to thank for telling me the difference between tortellini and capelleti. Thanks!
Looks cute. A good dish to serve to dinner guests. My hubby loves eggplants but he doesn't eat beef. so I would have to change the stuffing. :)
Oh wow. That's real pretty, especially how you captured the colour. You could also halve them up and scoop out the eggplant, then make a grilled babaganoush or a terrine with sundried tomatoes and cheese and use them like little cups to be refilled. That's what I've been using my Japanese eggplants here for, cos they are fairly common.
Thanks! LOL! You have great imagination leh!
They are sweet and yummy!
LOL! We have great minds! ;) Thanks!
And you're most welcome! (replying on the second comment) :)
Thanks! Ground pork or chicken will be good with it too!
Thanks! Hmmm, that sounds wonderful too!
I love this eggplant...
I'm not really a fan of eggplant. Dunno why. I rather eat bittergourds.
OK. You keep the bittergourds, and I'll handle the eggplants! ;)
These baby egg plants are so adorable. I didn't like egg plants before but recently discovered that they are actually quite tasty! LOL. If I were to stuff my egg plants, I will fill them with shrimp, I am such a shrimpoholic. LOL.
Hi Rasa Malaysia,
Shrimp stuffing sounds yummy too!
This is good and the cute little eggplant is so adorable. But so far I haven't come across any baby eggplant here.
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