Skip to content

Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients

4 Eggplant, medium sized

1/4  tsp Salt

1/4  tsp Pepper

1/2 cup Olive oil, divided

2 cups Onion, diced

1 cup Celery, diced

1 cup Bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 cups Eggplant, diced

1 lb Shrimp, small

2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

2 tsp Creole Seasoning

1/2 cup Green onion, chopped

1/4 cup Parsley

1 lb Crab claw meat

1 cup  Cracker crumbs, crushed

2 tsp Hot Sauce

1 cup White wine

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Use a paring knife to cut out the center of each half. Leave about a 1 /2-inch thick barrier in the eggplant. Reserve removed eggplant for the filling.

Rub the flesh of the hollowed out eggplant with half of the oil. Combine salt and pepper and sprinkle it over the eggplant halves. Place in a large baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

While the eggplant is baking prepare the filling. In a large skillet heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Sauté vegetables for six to seven minutes. Add shrimp and seasonings continuing to cook for five more minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients (except for the white wine).

Divide filling evenly into par-baked eggplants. Pour the wine into the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve. Yield: eight servings

Recent Recipes

Cinnamon Cream Syrup

This pairs perfectly with Sweet Potato Pancakes. It may be better than the pancakes themselves (and they’re great). But try this recipe on regular pancakes, waffles, and French toast.

Read more

Sweet Potato Pancakes

I ate my first sweet potato pancake during my only visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My family, along with another couple and their young children rented a cabin in the mountains during spring break. I woke every morning and headed into town for breakfast. I would imagine Gatlinburg has more pancake houses per capita than any place on the planet. My problem is that I never found a good-tasting pancake until I happened across sweet potato pancakes at one of the pancake houses. We serve a version of this recipe at The Midtowner. The Cinnamon Cream Syrup is a must.

Read more

RSJ’s Smoked Yellowfin Tuna Dip

The smoked tuna dip at Harbor docks is, by far, the best in the area. Actually, it’s the best I have ever tasted. Over the years I have taken a few stabs at recreating a Harbor Dock’s version, but always come up short. After several failed attempts, and facing a cookbook deadline, I finally worked up a recipe for smoked crab dip, which is excellent, though my wife still prefers Harbor Docks smoked tuna dip.

Read more