Roasted Eggplant stuffed with Figs, Pecans and Stilton

This recipe caught my eye in the holiday issue of the superb Ontario Food And Drink magazine my brother sends to me from Canada.  I modified it with dried figs but if you can find fresh figs, use those.  It also called for port but I substituted balsamic vinegar.  Baking the eggplant then splitting it open to stuff it with seasonal flavors makes it a great dish for an appetizer or a hearty vegetarian main. Most eggplant recipes I have enjoyed were cooked in some kind of tomato sauce or in a babaganoush dip.  This is a unique and fun way to eat this very healthy vegetable, an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B-6 and cancer fighting anthocyanins. It only looks impressive. The dish comes together easily once the eggplant is roasted.

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Eggplant Stuffed with Figs, Stilton and Pecans

1 T olive oil

salt and pepper

4 oz stilton or good blue cheese

1/2 c pecan or walnut  halves, toasted

8 dried Calimyrna figs, halved or 4 fresh figs, quartered

3 T fruit flavored balsamic vinegar such as a pomegranate balsamic

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Bake the eggplant for an hour on a rack.   Cool enough so it can be handled.   Cut open lengthwise without going through to the ends so it keeps its shape.  Score the flesh so it can more easily be scooped out.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Eggplant is pretty bland so season it accordingly.  Stuff with the figs and pecans and sprinkle with the crumbled stilton.  Drizzle with the pomegranate balsamic.  Serve with a spoon to scoop out the filling and with crostinis. A very interesting and crowd pleasing appetizer!

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The roasted whole eggplant ready to split open.

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Splitting open the eggplant, lengthwise, keeping the ends intact.

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The stuffed eggplant bursting with seasonal flavors. YUM!

Henri Matisse , 1911, interior with Aubergines, Grenoble Museum, France

Henri Matisse , 1911, interior with Aubergines, Grenoble Museum, France

Paul Cézanne, 1890-94, Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Paul Cézanne, 1890-94, Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Taking this appetizer to the party gals at Fiesta Friday #52, Angie@The Novice Gardener who is throwing an amazing 1 year anniversary party and her cohosts, Hilda@ Along the Grapevine and Juliana@Foodie on Board.

39 thoughts on “Roasted Eggplant stuffed with Figs, Pecans and Stilton

  1. Very clever what you have done with this fine recipe. I too am a big fan of the LCBO magazine, and have a huge collection of them going back many years. I’m glad you are able to receive and enjoy them. Thanks for sharing this with us at our FF shindig. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. I love this Johanne, it is so different!! sounds amazing to me because I love anything with blue cheese and pecans! I agree, eggplant so good, and is always paired with tomato…bravo! I can’t wait to try this!
    Jenna

  3. Wow, I love this eggplant creation. I’m thinking I could hold it in my hand like a very large slice of deep dish pizza and just make a meal out of it and skip the main course. I love roasted eggplant, skin and all. Thank you for bringing!

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