This Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Eggplant is a deliciously creamy dish packed with ground turkey, Greek spices, kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream. Grab a fork and dig in and don't forget to eat the "bowl"!
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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But wouldn't eggplant be so much more appealing if it wasn't called... eggplant? What a travesty of a name considering it's such a delicious vegetable (I know it's technically a fruit, but come on; we all refer to it as a vegetable).
I think all Americans should agree to come together and start calling eggplant by its British name, "aubergine" instead. Aubergine is such a pretty word when compared to eggplant.
While we're at it, let's agree to call grapefruit pamplemousse (the French knew what they were doing!). Eggplant is not an egg that's a plant and grapefruit has nothing to do with grapes, so clearly some changes need to be made. Agree?
But seriously, I do think eggplant has a not-so-great reputation and its name is probably partly to blame. Also it looks funny.
But that's before you halve it; mix it with turkey, sour cream, and more; and turn it into a delicious meal, like this Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Eggplant. And suddenly eggplant is beautiful and you find yourself craving it.
Even as you're actively petitioning to change is name.
How to Make Stuffed Eggplant
Making stuffed eggplant is super easy and always pretty impressive. Unlike other eggplant recipes where you need to salt and drain the eggplant, you can get cooking stuffed eggplant right away.
To start, you just have to score your eggplant and bake them. Scoring means you'll basically cut a zigzag pattern in each eggplant half so that they'll bake evenly and scooping the flesh out will be easy after baking.
Leaving about a ½ inch border around the edges and cutting deep but taking care not to pierce skin, score eggplant flesh diagonally one way and then diagonally the other way to form a diamond pattern (like you see in my photo below).
Brush each eggplant with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, and pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Once the eggplants are cool enough to touch, scoop out the flesh and chop it into cubes. You'll likely want to mix these cubes into whatever other ingredients you're stuffing the eggplants with.
From here, the eggplant is your oyster! Meaning you can stuff it with whatever you want.
Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Eggplant Recipe
This Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Eggplant is one of those dinners that looks all fancy and special, but is ridiculously easy to make on a weeknight after a long day of work. Don't you just love dinners like that?
The important things? The eggplant, the meat (I used ground turkey, but feel free to use chicken, beef, or pork), and the Hood Sour Cream.
I put a Mediterranean spin on this stuffed eggplant and used kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and some Greek spices, too.
Cook onions and garlic in a skillet and then add the turkey, breaking it up until it's cooked through. Then comes the fun stuff like the kalamata olives, feta cheese, and tomatoes.
Then mix in the sour cream. I use Hood Sour Cream because it's made with high quality ingredients and always adds a rich, creamy and delicious taste to whatever I add it to.
I've always used Hood Sour Cream as a simple topping for things like tacos or chili, but lately I've been incorporating it more into meals instead of just dolloping some on top. And it can seriously transform a meal from just OK to heavenly.
It adds the perfect amount of creaminess to this turkey stuffed eggplant and a nice little tang that is always delicious, but especially in Mediterranean cooking.
Time to scoop the mixture into the hollowed out eggplants and top with a little bit of panko for some crunch.
After baking for about 15 minutes, put the eggplant under the broiler for just a few minutes. Garnish eggplant with parsley, chopped tomato, and some more sour cream and you're ready to dig in!
First of all, I love a meal where you get an entire edible bowl to yourself. And this is a serious all-on-one meal, which means you don't need to serve any sides with it or anything like that... I mean, what else could you possibly want??
Some people will just eat the filling of the eggplant, but I love cutting into the "bowl" and eating the whole thing. The skin of the eggplant is where many of the antioxidants and most of the fiber is, so I highly recommend eating the whole thing.
But, of course, the filling is the tastiest part. The spices, olives, and feta add a ton of flavor to the dish, while the sour cream makes the turkey super creamy and almost indulgent feeling.
And because I'm big on the consistency of my food, I think that panko crunch is pretty essential to balance out the delicious creaminess.
Variations on Recipe
Like I mentioned, there are a ton of different ways you can make this recipe. Once you know how to make stuffed eggplant, the options are endless! Here are some other ideas:
- If you don't love ground turkey, use ground beef, pork, chicken, or even sausage
- Make it vegetarian by leaving out the meat and adding in extra veggies and grain of your choice
- Make it Mexican style with spices, rice, and beans
- Make it Italian with a red sauce and parmesan cheese
No matter how you stuff your eggplant, this is the kind of meal that's easy to make on a workday, but it's also super fun for a small dinner party.
Also, if you can find mini eggplant (called fairytale eggplant), you could make a big batch of mini turkey stuffed eggplant and serve them as little appetizers.
And do me a favor and make sure you tell your guests that they're actually called Mediterranean turkey stuffed aubergines. I think we can make it stick.
But if that doesn't work, we can just keep serving deliciously creamy eggplant dishes like this one until we can convince the world of how delicious it is!
More Eggplant Recipes
If you love eggplant as much as I do, check out some of these other yummy eggplant recipes:
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Baked Orzo with Eggplant
- Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sandwiches
- Korean Eggplant Tacos (from Live Eat Learn)
- Eggplant Parmesan Pizzas (from Feast in Thyme)
What dishes do you like to add sour cream to in order to up the creamy factor?
For more fabulous ways to incorporate sour cream into your meals, be sure to visit HoodSourCream.com.
Mediterranean Turkey Stuffed Eggplant
- 2 medium eggplants
- Olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion (from 1 small onion)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup chopped tomatoes (from 1 small tomato), plus more for topping
- ⅓ cup halved kalamata olives
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¾ cup Hood Sour Cream, plus more for topping
- ¼ cup panko
- ¼ cup chopped parsley, for garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice eggplants in half lengthwise. Leaving about a ½ inch border around the edges and cutting deep but taking care not to pierce skin, score eggplant flesh diagonally one way and then diagonally the other way to form a diamond pattern. Brush each eggplant half with 1 tsp olive oil, ⅛ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper.
- Place eggplant halves on baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, until flesh is golden. Remove from oven to let cool a bit.
- When eggplants are cool enough to touch scoop out the flesh and chop it into cubes.
- Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add turkey to skillet, along with oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Cook turkey, breaking up with a spatula or fork, until cooked through. Drain excess oil from skillet if necessary. Stir in tomatoes, olives, feta, and chopped eggplant and cook for another minute.
- Remove skillet from heat and stir in Hood Sour Cream.
- Stuff eggplants with turkey mixture and sprinkle panko over the top of each eggplant.
- Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Then turn broiler on and broil for 2-3 minutes, until tops of eggplants are golden.
- Garnish eggplants with chopped parsley, additional chopped tomato, and additional sour cream if desired.
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