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10 INGREDIENTS8 STEPS1HR 30MIN

Turkish "Split Belly" Eggplants

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These eggplants come out of the oven tender and stuffed with tender, flavourful ground beef.
1HR 30MIN
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Anatolian Kitchen

The purpose of Anatolian Kitchen is to make simple, nutritionally-conscious versions of traditional Turkish foods in your own kitchen.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Serves 4
1/2 Tbsp
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1
Onion
8 oz
Ground Beef
1/2 tsp
1/2 cup
Fresh Parsley , chopped
1/2 cup
Vegetable Oil
1
Long Green Chili Pepper , de-stemmed

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
490
FAT
39.2 g
PROTEIN
18.6 g
CARBS
21.0 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
To make the filling, heat Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (1/2 tablespoon) in large saute pan. Add Onion (1) and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Step 2
Add Ground Beef (0.5 pound) and cook until beef begins to brown. Then add Canned Crushed Tomatoes (1 cup) and Fresh Parsley (1/2 cup). Season with Salt (1/2 teaspoon) and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes and set aside.
Step 3
Peel each Eggplant (4) to black and white by removing stems and using a vegetable peeler. Place eggplants in a bowl of salted water for 20-30 minutes to remove bitterness. Then, remove eggplants from salt-water. Dry them with a clean kitchen towel.
Step 4
Add Vegetable Oil (1/2 cup) into a saute pan so it covers the bottom. Place eggplants into the hot oil to allow them to fry. Flip each eggplant to ensure even cooking.
Step 5
Remove eggplants onto a plate with paper towels to collect excess oil.
Step 6
Place eggplants into an oven dish and make a cut down the center, be careful not to cut from end to end. Evenly distribute meat filling among eggplants. Place Long Green Chili Pepper (1) and Tomato (1) on top as decoration.
Step 7
Mix Canned Crushed Tomatoes (1/2 cup) with 1/2 cup of water and pour this into the oven dish, around the eggplants. Place in oven and cook for 20 - 30 minutes.
Step 8
Let cool slightly and serve.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
490
% Daily Value*
Fat
39.2 g
50%
Saturated Fat
26.6 g
133%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
49.9 mg
17%
Carbohydrates
21.0 g
8%
Fiber
7.1 g
25%
Sugars
11.9 g
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Protein
18.6 g
37%
Sodium
521.5 mg
23%
Vitamin D
--
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Calcium
75.0 mg
6%
Iron
3.7 mg
21%
Potassium
948.6 mg
20%
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