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Karniyarik, split stuffed eggplants with a little mince meat, onions, peppers and tomato. Long eggplants should be halved. Smaller ones can be left whole - each one makes a serving.

  • 6 Japanese eggplants
  • 300 grams ground meat
  • 2 cups oil
  • 2-3 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3-4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (optional)
  • parsley
  • salt and black pepper

To Prepare the Eggplant:

1. Wash the eggplants and discard the stalks. If long, halve them. Wipe dry.

2. Peel them lengthwise stripy.

3. Make an opening for the stuffing by using a sharp knife and slicing the eggplant from the stem end down to the other, make sure that you don't cut them all the way through.

4. Fry the eggplants, lightly all over in hot oil. Remove them and place in baking pan.

To Prepare the Filling:

  1. In another pan cook the meat on medium heat until it is brown.
  2. Add some oil and fry it for 2 minutes.
  3. Put the onions first and then the peppers into the pan and sauté them together
  4. Sauté the garlic with the mixing
  5. Add tomato paste and then tomatoes
  6. Sprinkle salt and black pepper
  7. Add parsley and the thyme

Fill the eggplants with this stuffing.

They will be slightly open as they don't need to be closed back over the stuffing mixture so be very generous

You can decorate it with tomatoes and peppers

Bake them for 3O minutes on 400F°.

Note: if you would like to prepare vegetarian type do this recipe without meat.

Eggplant Facts:

Nutritionally: Low in calories because it's almost 95% water, it is only 25 calories a serving. It is a good source of fiber, folic acid, manganese, thiamin, Vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium; it also has Vitamin C, vitamin K, Niacin, Phosphorus, Copper, Iron, some protein, and pantothenic acid. The skin of the eggplant is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It's also packed with compounds called terpenes, which can help to lower cholesterol


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