Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Very Veggie: Eggplant and Mushroom Packages

It was my plan for a while to make those cute little packages with veggies in the oven. I was always curious how that would turn out. In The Green Kitchen we found a recipe that we would like to try. Preparing the veggies this way is really easy and the taste is so moist. The recipe said it was for 4 packages but we ended up with 4 packages each. Because we originally thought this would be a side dish, we served it with baked potatoes, but it was a bit much obviously if you end up with double packages ;) Anyway, it was a really great, summery meal. We are still eating on the couch, so don't mind my Nintendo DS on the picture ;)

Eggplant and Mushroom Packages (makes 8)
- 175 gr hazelnuts, chopped
- 1 eggplant
- 16 white mushrooms
- 4 twigs oregano, leaves only (thyme would be good too)
- 200 gr ricotta cheese
- juice of 0.5 lemon
- salt and pepper
- baking sheets

Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees. Cube the eggplant and quarter the mushroom. Place them in a bowl with the chopped hazelnuts, ricotta, oregano and lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well until everything is combined and let it rest.
Cut 25 cm squares from baking sheets. Scoop some stuffing in the middle of each square. Grab all 4 corners of the paper and twist them together. Binding them with some rope if needed. Bake them for 25-30 minutes. The eggplant needs to be soft.

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