Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese & Rosemary Stuffed Eggplants

This is my bacon hurrah(!) to Summer and a mention of the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Because I was just barely cool enough to go there once this summer. I scored an exploding bag of baby heirloom eggplants and wanted to get crazy delicious with them, so, duh, just add bacon.

I actually made two types of stuffed eggplants. The above is a Rosa Bianca eggplant stuffed with goat cheese and rosemary. Below are Japanese eggplants stuffed with blue cheese. In the end, everyone preferred the Japanese-blue cheese, however, if the goat cheese ones were cooked longer (only baked for 40 mins), they could have been a game changer. Regardless, if you love eggplants as much as I do (and bacon and cheese) then get after these!

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Eggplants

1 packaged of bacon (I used Trader Joe's applewood smoked bacon)
1 lb of baby eggplants
1/2 cup cheese (goat, blue, try something new?)
Rosemary sprigs

  • Heat oven to 400 degree F.
  • Spread foil on two large baking sheets.
  • Make deep lengthwise slices on the eggplants.
  • Stuff with cheese and rosemary.
  • Wrap with an entire piece of bacon or sometimes half a slice of bacon depending on the size of the eggplant.
  • Secure with toothpick or skewer, depending on the size.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, turning eggplants over half way through.


Nanette said...

Awwww, Santa Monica Farmer's Market was our fav weekend activity. And your dish looks delish!

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

Damn! I'll take one of each! They look awesome. Great bacon hurrah!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Everything is better with bacon! Great ideas with the eggplants Anna.

tasteofbeirut said...

Delicious and perfect as a party food!

Dewi said...

Hmm, sounds so drool worthy!

Joan Nova said...

I know either one has to be winner - great idea!

Banana Wonder said...

Nanette - Oh, nice! There are so many good things there. Year round goodness.

Anna - Coming right up...

Peter - True true, I don't think it will ever get old.

Tasteofbeirut - bacon always makes the party better.

Dewi - purple and pig is worthy of salivation.

Joan - Thank you :-)