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Helllo. :)


How are you doing?


I am swell – and really enjoying time to relax on this nice little Christmas vacation. While this may be the first time in months that my husband and I have had an extended period of time at home together, and while he sometimes makes me lose my marbles, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Our bedroom floor may be covered in 65lbs of my clothes, and I have 382 loads of my own dirty laundry to do, but I’m sure he is enjoying it just as much.



This crab stuffed eggplant is phenomenal. Remember our friend Barb, the wonderful one who gave me her restaurant recipes?? This is another one of her’s, and oh my – it sure is a tasty one.


It is also heart healthy, protein packed, and low fat. I know – where is the Jessica you know and what have I done with her? No worries – I plead temporary insanity.



I started with one giant eggplant. It took a good search in the grocery store, since all vegetables and their concurring locations have been burned from my mind.

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I sliced it in half, let it sweat a bit, then baked it for about 15 minutes before scooping out the center. What goes in the center is incredibly delightful.



The filling started with some sauteed onions in olive oil and paprika.

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And a bit of diced tomatoes and tomato paste.

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I am not even a fan of tomato sauce, and I was about to gobble this up. It smelled delectable.



I used some giant lump crabmeat – the good kind. It tastes fabulous alone and I need to handcuff myself and tape my mouth shut while cooking with it. That’s not unusual.

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Before I added the crab, I added the eggplant remnants that I scooped out.

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Into the eggplant went the crab stuffing. Topped with lots o’ cheese. C’mon – all the cool kids do it.

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I think I may have mentioned it 4 million times before, but cheese is a staple for me. Actually, it’s an addiction. My thighs are addicted to it.


But that’s neither here nor there.



I baked these puppies until the crab stuffing warmed through and my thigh stuffing the cheese melted. For someone who highly dislikes veggies and tomato sauce, I finished this off in .2 seconds.

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In fact, I’m sure as soon as my husband sees this post, he is going to wonder ‘when the heck did she make this?’


Ah, yes. The joys of being a newlywed.


I can put this up there along with my other favorite newlywed discoveries, like bed cover-stealing and bodily functions.


Yikes. Guess I should be more proper around food.



Either way, the crab stuffing is mouth-watering delicious.

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Crabmeat Stuffed Eggplant

Serves 2

2 eggplants

1 cup crabmeat

2 onions, sliced

2 teaspoons paprika

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 tomatoes, peeled and sliced

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons parmesan

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons parmesan

1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

pinch of cayenne

salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

Trim stems from eggplant and slice them in half lengthwise. Score the cute surface with a fork, sprinkle with salt, and let stand for 15 minutes.

Rinse eggplants and pat dry with paper towels. In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute eggplants, cut side down, until brown. Take them out of the skillet, set on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes until tender. Set the oven to 425.

Cook the onions in the remaining olive oil until soft. Add the paprika, tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano and cayenne. Season and cook until the mixture is think and puply.

Scoop out flesh of eggplants, reserving the shells. Add flesh to tomato mixture, and cook for 3 minutes longer. Add crabmeat and heat thoroughly.  Pile the mixture into the eggplants and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 425 for 6-7 minutes or until brown.


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Enjoy this heart healthy meal, and I’ll be sure to return tomorrow with a pound of butter and cup of sugar. However, it would be nice if my loving, adoring hubby’s bodily functions would stay in the past.

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33 Responses to “Crabmeat Stuffed Eggplant.”

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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats — December 27, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

    Oh Jessica! This looks phenomenal. Mid summer I’m always looking for a good use for eggplant other than the regular parmesan – can’t wait to try this one out.

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    Amanda — December 27, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    I have never heard anything like this but I LOVE it!! And, I think I will send this link to my MIL cause I know SHE will love it and then maybe, just maybe, she will love me!!

    What? Thats not sad.
    Is it?

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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    One Healthy Apple — December 27, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    Aren’t newlywed discoveries the best? My husband has discovered that he married a frat boy.

    Love the recipe- I might actually make this one and I know my hubby would love it!

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    Stef — December 27, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

    I don’t eat crab but i love eggplant, cool recipe!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat) — December 27, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    That is screaming my name…like the mother in Home Alone. KEVIN!!! :)
    I <3 eggplant with every bone in my bod.

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    Ameena — December 27, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    This looks really delicious! Like an eggplant-crab parmesan. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 27, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    That is such a unique and creative recipe!! Sounds fantastic!! I love crab meat!

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    SergioM — December 28, 2009 @ 3:57 am

    Wow Delicious!
    I’ll need some help with that recipe but it’s absolutely worth it :)

    Changing the subject, Jessica can I subscribe to your blog in order to have it in my email? I can’t see where to put my email. Thank you!

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    Erica — December 28, 2009 @ 5:11 am

    mmm Love eggplant. Maybe I could make a variety with some sort of white bean. Nom Nom. Are you guys still on vaca this week? I am working partial days today and tomorrow and then have the rest of the week off- HOORAY!

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    Simply Life — December 28, 2009 @ 5:41 am

    Oh WOW this looks incredible!!!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) — December 28, 2009 @ 7:02 am

    I have the worst shellfish allergy that i didnt develop til i was about 23 ish. My airway swells shut and i go into shock. So, I cannot eat this! BUT in my former life crab dip was a twice weekly staple for me as I have always lived on the ocean in a beach town (up til 4 mos ago) so crab was always abundant. You did it justice girl, yum!

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    megan — December 28, 2009 @ 7:14 am

    wow, this looks great. I’ve never had stuffed eggplant before. I don’t know even know if I like eggplant, but this seems like a great way to find out!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — December 28, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    Mmmmm…food stuffed with more food always makes me smile :-)

    Have a great Monday!

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    The Candid RD — December 28, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    This does look wonderful. Nick and I are going to make dinner on New Year’s eve and this would be perfect, but he doesn’t like eggplant!! Ugh.

    Thanks for sharing, I’ll get him to like eggplant in no time :)

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    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen — December 28, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    I hope it’s not abnormal that every time I read your blog I start drooling! That sounds like a fantastic recipe, definitely a great way for my to get my sweet hubby to eat eggplant!

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    Nicole — December 28, 2009 @ 8:29 am

    I think I need to make this today and stop all of the holiday baking I have been doing. Back to reality with real food I guess, right??

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    amanda — December 28, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    i love me some eggplant! yummmmm!

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    Paige (running around normal) — December 28, 2009 @ 9:09 am

    Wow..I’ve never thought about stuffing an eggplant with crab meat! Genius, once again, Jessica:)

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    Kelly B. — December 28, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    That looks so good. My husband is convinced that he doesn’t like eggplant…but seriously this could be the recipe that changes his mind! He is pretty open-minded and said he would try it! Keep your fingers crossed because this is definitely something I would LOVE!

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    homecookedem — December 28, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    Oh YUM!! I love eggplant AND crab, so I bet it’s amazing!!

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    Ashley — December 28, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    this looks absolutely amazing, LOVE crab!!
    my friend Ali made some oreo ball truffles the other day and they reminded me of YOU :) they were divine!

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    One Healthy Apple — December 28, 2009 @ 10:32 am

    Definitely get those lemon bars. They taste almost gourmet!

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    lynn @ the actors diet — December 28, 2009 @ 10:32 am

    this looks phenomenal! i am not very good at making eggplant myself but i do enjoy it!

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    Heather — December 28, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    Oh.My.Goodness!!!

    You are just simply amazing with all your recipes! I’ve spent the last 40 minutes reading over all your recipes and blogs. You’re so funny and have wonderful recipes!

    I’m definitely going to be coming back! We’ll support our expanding waist lines together! lol

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    Melinda — December 28, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    That looks awesome and probably one of my faves from you so far (other than anything involving cookies!). I love crab and eggplant, so what better combo.

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    Jenny — December 28, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    haha you crack me up :)

    but seriously, anything stuffed with crab meat and topped with shredded cheese sounds a-okay in my book. thanks for sharing!

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    Sana — December 28, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    I totally understand your addiction to cheese- it makes EVERYTHING taste better!

    Crabmeat and eggplant- what a heavenly combo!

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    janetha b — December 28, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

    i am laughing my ass off at the fact that your thighs are addicted to cheese. i just love you. this looks great!

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    Carissa @ Fit To Indulge — December 28, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    I’m really enjoying your blog. The eggplant & crab looks fabulous! And your newlywed stories are cute too :)

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    Yum Yucky — December 29, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    You’re frickin’ killing me! I want that!

    (can I say frickin’ around here?)

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    Maxie — December 29, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    This looks freakin delicious!

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    Duchess of Fork — December 30, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    Oh yum, Jessica! I love eggplant…can’t get enough of it. We have a restaurant here called the Red Bar, and they make a killer seafood stuffed eggplant. Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year!

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