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Bonifacio-Style Aubergines

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Bonifacio-Style Aubergines / Stuffed Eggplant Boats Recipe
Recipe inspired from ‘Les Carnets De Julie’ Tv show. Aubergines à la Bonifacienne (Stuffed eggplant boats) is a specialty from the town of Bonifacio, the most beautiful town on the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean also known for is popular sheep’s milk cheeses. Traditionally made with 3 kinds of aged Corsican cheeses, other kinds can be used as well especially when specific cheeses are not available in the US.

Serves ≈12
6 ea. Italian eggplant (Aubergine), cooked and meat scooped out. Save skin
0.9 lb. (400g) aged mixed cheeses such as Gouda, Gruyère, Parmesan, Manchego…or best, Corsican local aged cheeses, grated
7 ounces (200g) stale bread, cubed
3 Tbsp (15g) bread crumbs
0.6 cup (150g) milk
2 ea. (100g) eggs
2 ea. garlic cloves, minced
1 ea. (60g) shallot, minced
1 bunch Italian parsley, leaves only and chopped
A few basil leaves, chopped
Ground black pepper. Since cheese is salted, the addition of salt isn’t necessary.

In a large pot, bring water to boil – add some salt. Meanwhile, grate cheeses and set aside. Cook eggplants (whole) for about 15 minutes. Eggplants should be cooked through; undercooked eggplants have an unpleasant mouthfeel. Cool to room temperature, split in half lenghwise and carefully scoop out meat leaving the shell intact – Some of the flesh can indeed remain inside eggplant shells. Arrange onto baking tray and chill. Roughly chop eggplants meat; reserve.

Stuffing
Soak bread with milk for 15 min or so. Add eggs, crumbs, eggplant meat, grated cheeses, garlic, shallots and herbs. Stuff eggplant boats and chill for a couple hours to rest and set, or for up to 2 days prior frying.
In a 360ºF (180ºC) frying oil, fry stuffed side down first for 6 minutes; flip and continue frying (skin side down) for 5 minutes. Remove carefuly from oil and place over paper towels to remove excess fat. Bonifacio-style aubergines can also be baked for about 30 min in a 350ºF (180ºC) oven.
Bonifacio-style aubergines are traditionally served with tomato sauce. Bon appétit!

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