Eggplant stuffed with cheese and nuts

What kind of shopper are you? Do you go to a store with a list, and check off the list? or do you buy what you see that tempts you?

These  eggplants were small. They were thin. They were fresh. I could not resist.

I stuffed them with what I had in the fridge:  Feta, Kashkaval, walnuts and herbs; made a quick tomato sauce to go with them. Done.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of long and thin eggplants
  • 6 ounces of Feta cheese
  • 6  ounces of shredded  Kashkaval cheese (substitute Fontina or Provolone or mozzarella)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Spices: Hot Aleppo pepper, a pinch; 1 tablespoon of sumac or pomegranate molasses; nutmeg, a pinch
  • Tomato Sauce: one onion, 3 cups of chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, pinch of sugar.
  • olive oil as needed
  • Salt, for soaking the eggplants


  1. Wash the eggplants and peel; cut in half lengthwise, not all the way and  sprinkle generously with salt and let it draw up the bitter juices for an hour or all day. Rinse and dry.
  2. Brush the eggplants with olive oil and roast in a 350F oven for 30 minutes flipping them to the other side until all the sides are brown.
  3. While the eggplants are roasting, place the cheeses, spices and parsley in a bowl. Remove the eggplants from the oven, cool a bit, then scrape the flesh out with a grapefruit spoon  and mix in with the cheeses, walnuts and herbs.
  4. Stuff  the eggplants with the cheese mixture; place them in an oven-proof dish, on top of  the tomato sauce; bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes.

NOTE: This is a cheese that is consumed on a daily basis by Lebanese folks; it originates in Bulgaria and is made of sheep’s milk.

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  1. Posted May 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve regained my love of eggplants — and this is one awesome preparation. Love the cheese and nuts combo.

  2. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    You make the most beautiful things, Joumana! :-) You inspire me constantly and I love that. :-) Hope you have a gorgeous day!

  3. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh my that’s hysterical! I just this minute finished dinner and guess what I made? Stuffed eggplant!!! I stuffed mine with Provolone and anchovies. It was so good!!! Yours sure looks “prettier” than mine and I’m sure just as tasty or better!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

    P.S. I take a list but I usually forget its in the back pocket of my jeans:)

  4. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    This looks wonderful. We are having off weather here in Oregon. It is damp and cold and your eggplant is just what we need here. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Delicious. What a wonderful meal. I am surprised that the eggplant skins don’t shred when you scrape the flesh out of them. And the sauce is so Italian looking – but Surprise! Great middle eastern flavours! Done! You say. I love learning about the cheeses, too. It is a softer sheep’s milk cheese – than a pecarino….. but it must still have a very strong flavour. I do love a young Pecarino cheese – but find most sheep’s milk products too strong for my palate – though I love any kind of feta, almost! A perfect Spring meal!

  6. Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I am a big fan of eggplant and I know I would LOVE this dish.

    Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Eggplant with tomatoes are my favorite taste in the whole wide world. I love it so much I want to take it out of the computer. Bright flavores and the fresh food, the lushes red tomatoes are packed with lycopene, the tomato sauce is potent, and has heart protection, helps prevent some cancers, we should aim for ten tablespoon of a week.
    Thanks Joumana, I now believe you are a food Goddess!!!!

  8. Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Love your new profile picture! :) This dish looks great. I am not a fan of eggplants but also open to the idea of trying them in different ways to see if I like them better in certain ways. Yours definitely looks so good.

  9. Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Love these long thin eggplants – can’t wait for them to come in from the farm! I shop with a list, almost all the time, but I’m trying to loosen up a little …

  10. Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Good food everyday. I just happen to love eggplant. I never made stuffed eggplant with cheese, but you just get me an idea what to cook tonight. Thank you.

  11. Posted May 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Dear Joumana -

    I adore long thin Asian eggplants especially when they are stuffed with wonderful ingredients like yours. I usually just stuff them the traditional Asian way with shrimp.

    I always love the unique way in which you combine ingredients & flavors. It is very earthy. That is what I admire about your food the most :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  12. Posted May 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Just heavenly! I can’t wait to find seasonal eggplants!



  13. Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    je fais une liste quand je recois et que j’ai besoin de certains ingredients bien particuliers, sinon j’achète ce qui est frais, qui me plait et de saison. C’est vrai que de petites aubergines, sans pépins toutes tendres, c’est tentant! J’adore les plats végétariens comme celui-ci, elles sont trop appétissantes tes aubergines, parcontre je ne connaissais pas ce fromage bulgare, moi aussi quand je visite ton site, j’en apprend des choses! :)

  14. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Absolutely irresistible, makes me hungry..

  15. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    As far as the shopping is concerned, I always begin with the best of intentions. I make my list in advance and go straight to the S/M. Now, in the process things change a little bit. Eventually, I buy not only what I had in my list, but a bunch of some other things I was attracted to. Eggplants, especially during this season, are excellent choice. Very yummy.

  16. Posted May 25, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    This looks absolutely wonderful. I know I would love this dish. Its perfect for summer.

  17. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Eggplants and tomato sauce go so well together and paired with two of my favourite cheeses feta and kashkaval, they sound heavenly.

  18. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Hmm I usually carry a list but if something catches my eye, you can bet I’ll buy it! :P

  19. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    very yummy dish, loved the cheesy stuffing…

  20. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    I love eggplants and this looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try it :)

  21. Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    I usually go to the store with a list. :D …if not, I will get distracted easily.

  22. Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    If you were me, I only know gebratene auberginen.I like your recipes.

  23. Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    I am a bit of both…but even I visit the shops with a list, I would still come home with some extra items. Women..huh? :-)))
    Delicious stuffed eggplants….very different and beautifully presented!

  24. Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    delicious, I can’t wait to try this!!

  25. Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    excellente cette version!! merci du partage! bisous

  26. Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    OMG! My husband will die for it :) This eggplant dish looks divine!

  27. Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Well, as a shopper I always buy what tempts me! When I say your eggplant dish I could relate – sometimes you are walking down the aisle and then inspiration hits! The dish looks delicious especially with the nuts.

  28. Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    oh what a great idea- this looks and sounds delicious!

  29. Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    These look fantastic! All of that yummy cheese! I can’t resist beautiful produce either. I go to the store with a list and come out with a thousand other things.

  30. Posted May 25, 2010 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I enjoy eggplants, but can’t have too much at home because my mom read somewhere that eating too much of this nightshade might be bad for eyesight. @_@

    I always go to the supermarket with a written list, but I also usually end up with a few extra items in my bag. :)

    I feel like dipping the tomato sauce with some pitas right now, heeh.

  31. Posted May 25, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    hmm…..usually i go with a list for groceries but cannot help buying stuff that appeals me…especially in case of fruits and veggies…:)…that stuffed eggplant looks delicious…we make something similar to this and its called bhartta…eggplants are my fav…thanks for sharing this!

  32. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Yum! This sounds heavenly! I will definitely try to make this soon! :)

  33. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I love this dish! I usually have a list, because I am a nerd and think it’s fun to make lists … but then if I am tempted by something, I never resist! (And by the way, yes I would try to make Mongolian and Tibetan food … you have me thinking!!)

  34. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    stuffed eggplant, how great and perfect for a light lunch..and with this texas heat..I crave lighter food..


  35. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I shop with a list and also buy what looks interesting. And, I usually forget several things and have to go back to the store later! Your eggplant looks delicious. The Aleppo pepper in the filling is great.

  36. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    What kind of shopper am I? It depends on what kind of things I’m shopping for. Clothes? Then I have no plans, and I usually don’t buy much unless they are ridiculously cheap. Food? I have plans, but I also buy out of impulse. :-)

    this eggplant dish is gorgeous. Cheese…AND nuts. Awesome!

  37. Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    this looks incredibly delicious! I usually go to the store with a list but end up buying what tempts me too. love your new profile picture!

  38. Posted May 25, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Very good call on what to do with these tiny eggplants.

  39. Posted May 25, 2010 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    eggplants with eggs and nuts is my fave vegetarian dish…lovely!

  40. Posted May 25, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Oh your stuffed eggplants look divine. I do go with a list to the store but can definitely be tempted if a special/new items catches my attention!

  41. Posted May 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I am not so good with lists, I am more of an impulse buyer. Plus, I like to test my memory that way. I am always surprised by people who don’t like eggplant, or think they don’t.

  42. Posted May 25, 2010 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    this is precisely how i like my eggplant prepared–it’s limp but oh-so-delicious! :)

  43. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh I must try this version of the eggplant-I have a feeling I’m going to like the taste of the cheese in it :)

  44. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of your stuffed aubergines – feta, walnuts and tomatoes are also some of my favourite ingredients. Lovely recipe!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  45. Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    you always delight with your recipes and presentation, a modern take on a wonderful cuisine.
    I am the kind of shopper that buys whatever looks beautiful,I need to stop that as I end up bringing too much home.

  46. Posted May 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I love eggplants and this is simply irresistible :)

  47. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic as always! Nice spring meal or grill accompaniment for this weekend.

  48. Posted May 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Very tempting and mouthwatering eggplant recipe. I love small and tender eggplants the best! I am an impulsive shopper. I do go there with a list but I tend to overbuy.:)

  49. Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I always go shopping with a list…but I always see tempting items that I can’t pass up! :) This looks really delicious — it reminds me of makdous which I really love! I love the cheese in this dish.

  50. Posted May 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this eggplant dish!!! I love eggplants too!! I have never tried keshkeval cheese but I will have to try it now for your recipe!!! :)

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