Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Patëllxhani të mbushura" means stuffed eggplant

1 large eggplant
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp safflower oil
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, diced
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

1. Wash the eggplant and slice it in half length-wise. Cut/scoop some of the flesh out of the middle of each half to form a hole (to be stuffed later). Chop the eggplant flesh you've scooped out and set it aside.

2. Sauté onion in oil until it's translucent. Add chopped eggplant (and maybe a bit more oil if it sticks to the bottom of the pan) and continue to sauté until the eggplant is soft and nearly mushy. Then add canned tomatoes, garlic, and parsley and continue to cook for about another 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Place the eggplant halves hole side up on a tinfoil lined baking sheet or in a baking dish and fill each with the stuffing you just made. Bake at 375F for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the eggplant halves are very soft.

Makes about 4 servings

Pronunciation: patlejohn teh mbooshoorah

Fun fact: I listened to this traditional Albanian music while I cooked. Check it out!

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