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Roasted Eggplant with Cornbread Stuffing Recipe – Vegan Holiday Recipe

Fall over this delicious cornbread stuffing, smothered in herb mushroom gravy, in warm roasted eggplant. It’s my favourite vegan Thanksgiving recipe yet! This Thanksgiving Dinner feature will amaze your veggie AND omni guests! It’s so good, you may want to serve it at Christmas too!

Cornbread Stuff Roasted Eggplant with Mushroom Gravy

Cornbread Stuff Roasted Eggplant with Mushroom Gravy

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Added December 19, 2014

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Filling:
    • 2 tsp vegetable oil
    • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
    • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
    • 2 tsp poultry seasoning (includes rosemary, thyme, sage, savory, marjoram, and parley)
    • 1 organic vegetable bouillon cube
    • about 1 cup of water (plus more plain water to place in roasting pan)
    • 1 cup vegan cornbread, crumbled (it’s okay to have a few 1/2″ chunks in there)
  • Mushroom Gravy: (Update Dec 19, 2014: Also try this Thyme Mushroom Gravy)
    • 1 organic mushroom bouillon cube
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 2 tbs white flour
    • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: cayenne powder & chopped chives to garnish

You’ll need a roasting pan with a lid and a small oven-safe bowl or cup that will fit in the roasting pan with the eggplant inside.

Directions

Prepare the eggplant:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare the eggplant by cutting in half, length wise. Hollow out the eggplant, leaving about 3/4″ on the skin. Brush the eggplant shells with olive oil on all surfaces. Place onto a roasting pan, lined with parchment paper. Salt both halves generously. Sprinkle on some poultry seasoning and cayenne if using. Chop the removed eggplant into 1/2 cubes and set aside.

Note: if you prefer oil-free, just leave out the oil in this step. The texture will come out different, not as pretty, but will still taste nice.

Prepare the stuffing:
In a large pan, heat oil on medium high. Add garlic, onions, and celery and saute until lightly browned. Add the cubed eggplant and just enough water to submerge the ingredients half way. Stir in the vegetable bouillon cube until dissolved. Add poultry seasoning. Cook until the eggplant is soft. Add salt and pepper, adjusting for taste. Remove from heat, then stir in the corn bread.

Note: if you prefer oil-free, forget the oil and use the water saute method to soften the veggies.

Assemble and bake:
Fill the eggplant shells with the cooked stuffing. Carefully, place the oven-safe cup/bowl, filled halfway with water, in the roasting pan. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Remove the lid and carefully remove the cup of water. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 – 15 minutes or until the top of the stuffing is lightly browned.

Prepare the mushroom gravy
In a saucepan, whisk together all the gravy ingredients until no lumps remain. Heat on medium high, continuously whisking, until the sauce boils. Turn down heat to medium and keep whisking until the sauce become thick. Remove from heat.

Note: if you prefer oil-free, leave out the oil in the step. You may like to add some cashew cream instead or leave the overt fat content out all together. The flavour will be affected but will still be delicious.

Serve!
Place the roasted eggplant on a serving dish and drizzle the gravy over top. Slice the eggplant cross-wise to serve.

This amazing dish is surprisingly easy to make and absolutely scrumptious! I really hope you try it!

This recipe is part of the Vegan Thanksgiving 2011 Project. To see the rest of the menu, click here.

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  • Liz
    Reply

    I have to work on Thanksgiving this year (tomorrow in the States), but my coworkers organized a potluck dinner for us to share. I decided to bring this dish for my own entree, and load up on some of the sides since a few people have made it a point to bring in vegan dishes.

    I did all of my grocery shopping yesterday, but could not for the life of me find mushroom bullion (I checked three stores–I had a lot of shopping to do, okay?). I think I’m just going to use vegetable bullion for the gravy and possibly toss in some actual mushrooms if I can muster up the energy for another trip to the store.

    Anyway, I’m excited! I’ll definitely post how it all turns out. It looks delicious.

    • Mary
      Reply

      Veggie bouillion will be really good too. I’ve made this gravy both ways before. Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚
      Mary

  • Liz
    Reply

    This dish was awesome. One of my coworkers told me yesterday that I should have made two of them because it was “da bomb” (which was weird coming from a 45-year-old). Everyone enjoyed it, and it made an excellent entree for me. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Mary
      Reply

      I’m so glad! You’re most welcome!

  • Mimi
    Reply

    Hi. I just stumbled onto this recipe and it looks amazing! can I just get some clarification for what i need to do for the assemble and bake step?
    I’m going to make this for christmas!

    • Mary
      Reply

      Hi Mimi,
      What part do you need help on?
      “Assemble and bake:
      Fill the eggplant shells with the cooked stuffing. Carefully, place the oven-safe cup/bowl, filled halfway with water, in the roasting pan. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Remove the lid and carefully remove the cup of water. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 – 15 minutes or until the top of the stuffing is lightly browned.”
      Just let me know which part is not so clear. You can also email me at mary@marystestkitchen.com.
      Cheers!

      • Mimi
        Reply

        Thanks for the quick response! I think i get it now, but do you need a bowl with water in the oven next to/ below the eggplant? Is this to keep it moist?

        • Mary
          Reply

          Yup. You’ll need that bit of water to help steam the eggplant. This will help it cook faster, but not get deformed or burnt at the bottom. I used a small ceramic cup, half-filled with water (only half so less chance of spillage when I took it out). Then after the eggplant is cooked through, you bake without the water and uncovered so that the edges get a little crispy, nicely browned, and the top of the stuffing gets a nice toasting too. Hope that helps!

          Mary

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