Sausage-Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

Background and History

Sausage-stuffed eggplant is a flavorful dish that combines the rich taste of eggplant with the savory goodness of sausage and other aromatic ingredients. This dish has its roots in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, where stuffed vegetables are a staple. In particular, Italian cuisine offers a variety of stuffed vegetable recipes, often using seasonal produce like eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers. Sausage-stuffed eggplant is a delightful way to enjoy eggplant, providing a hearty and satisfying meal.

Ingredients and Interesting Facts

Eggplants, also known as aubergines, are part of the nightshade family and are commonly used in various cuisines around the world. They have a unique texture that becomes tender when cooked, making them ideal for stuffing. The sausage used in this recipe can vary from spicy Italian to mild breakfast sausage, allowing for versatility in flavor. This dish is also a great way to use up leftover ingredients and can be customized with different herbs, cheeses, and vegetables.

Recipe Guide


  • 4 people


  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 45 minutes


  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (mild or spicy, removed from casing)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Prepare Eggplants

  • Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the flesh, leaving about a 1/2-inch thick shell. Reserve the scooped-out flesh and chop it finely.

Cook Sausage and Vegetables

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in the chopped eggplant flesh and diced tomatoes. Cook until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Prepare Filling

  • Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Stuff Eggplants

  • Place the eggplant shells on a baking sheet.
  • Spoon the sausage mixture into each shell, packing it firmly and mounding it slightly.


  • Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the stuffed eggplants, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


  • Allow the stuffed eggplants to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with additional fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 850mg
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugars: 10g


  • This dish can be customized by adding other vegetables like bell peppers or spinach to the stuffing mixture.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute the sausage with a plant-based sausage or a mixture of mushrooms and lentils.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains dairy (Parmesan and mozzarella cheese) and gluten (breadcrumbs). If you have allergies to these ingredients, use dairy-free cheese alternatives and gluten-free breadcrumbs. Ensure the sausage does not contain any allergens.

What is stuffed eggplant made of?

Stuffed eggplant typically consists of eggplant shells filled with a mixture of cooked eggplant flesh, sausage or other proteins, vegetables, cheese, breadcrumbs, and various herbs and spices. This combination is then baked until tender and flavorful.

Does eggplant need to be soaked before baking?

Soaking eggplant before baking is not necessary, but some recipes recommend salting and letting it sit to remove bitterness and excess moisture, which can improve the texture and flavor.

What is the secret to cooking eggplant?

The secret to cooking eggplant is to properly prepare it by removing any bitterness and excess moisture, often by salting it, and to cook it thoroughly until it becomes tender and creamy.

Why do you soak eggplant in milk?

Soaking eggplant in milk helps to mellow out any bitterness and results in a creamier texture when cooked. The milk also adds a slight sweetness to the eggplant.

How to remove bitterness from eggplant?

To remove bitterness from eggplant, slice or cube it, sprinkle generously with salt, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse off the salt and pat the eggplant dry before cooking.

Can I soak eggplant overnight?

Yes, you can soak eggplant overnight, either in salted water or milk. This can help further reduce bitterness and improve the texture, especially if you plan to fry or bake it.

Why salt eggplant before cooking?

Salting eggplant before cooking draws out excess moisture and bitterness, resulting in a better texture and flavor in the final dish. It also helps the eggplant to absorb less oil during cooking.

How to prepare eggplant before cooking?

To prepare eggplant before cooking, wash it, trim the ends, and decide whether to peel it based on the recipe and your preference. Slice or cube the eggplant, then optionally salt it to remove bitterness and excess moisture.

How to remove water from eggplant without salt?

To remove water from eggplant without salt, you can slice or cube it and then press it between paper towels or clean kitchen towels, applying gentle pressure to squeeze out the moisture.

What happens if you don’t salt eggplant?

If you don’t salt eggplant, it may retain a slightly bitter taste and can become mushy or overly oily when cooked, as the excess moisture can interfere with the cooking process.

Do you wash eggplant?

Yes, you should wash eggplant under running water before preparing it to remove any dirt or residues from the skin. This ensures the eggplant is clean and ready for cooking.

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