Oven Baked Eggplant stuffed with Mince & Halloumi

Mum used to make this dish for me growing up and it's still one of my favourites.  Eggplant is already such a meaty vegetable so it really works well filled with a rich mince.

You will need:

(serves 4)

  • 2 large aubergines
  • 500g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 white onion finely diced 
  • 2 garlic cloves finely diced 
  • 8 button mushrooms finely diced
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1/2 block halloumi cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • fresh salad mix (lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes etc)

Simple steps:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C
  • Turn your aubergines on their side and cut in half.  Score long crosses into the flesh carefully making sure you don’t pierce the skin. Drizzle with a good glug of olive oil and season with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 25 mins.
  • Pan fry the onion, garlic and mushrooms, once golden brown add your mince. Break up the mince with a spoon. Once the mince starts to brown add the tomato puree and about half a cup of your beef stock and continue to cook for 5 mins then add the rest of the beef stock, reduce the heat and cook for a further 20 mins on a rolling heat.
  • Adjust the seasoning then remove the pan from the heat.  Pass the mince though a colander collecting any of the liquid in a pan and then reduce the liquid for a further 10 mins on a slow heat.  Add a couple of spoons of the flavoured liquor back to the mince making sure it is not too wet.  Place your cooked mince into a large bowl and leave to cool for about 10 mins. Whilst this is cooling grate the haloumi and chopped fresh parsley and squeeze fresh lemon juice into your mince. Leave a little halloumi to one side.
  • Once the aubergine is cooked scrape the flesh out of the middle. Roughly chop the flesh and add to the mince. Mix everything together. Place the aubergines in a deep oven proof tray then spoon the mince into the aubergine boats. 
  • Top with a little halloumi then grill on a high heat for 6-8 minutes or until the halloumi starts to turn golden brown. Serve with a fresh green salad.
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