Eggplants are healthy and very versatile. There are many ways to prepare eggplants but this is one of my favorite.
4 to 6 people
Ingredients (1 medium size eggplant serves 2)
1 small can of tomato sauce or paste
2 bay leaves
Badia Sazon Completa ( Badia Brand complete seasoning. can be substituted by a mix of 1/2 cup of Mojo Criollo ( spanish marinade, any brand : goya, La Lechonera, Iberia, etc))
1 beef bullion cube
Season the raw meat with the Mojo criollo, sazon completa, chopped garlic. Mix well and let sit for about an hour.
Take the eggpland cut the narrower end in a cone shape so that the end can be replace to close the eggplant with the stuffing and be held in place with toothpicks.
Remove the inside of the eggplant untill it's hollow. Fill the eggplant with the mix of raw meat and rice, replace the end and hold in place with toothpicks.
On a medium size pan, pour some olive oil or canola oil. Chop one onion and cut the bell pepper in strips, saultee untill the onions are translucent but not brown or burned, add the culantro leaves, the bay leaves, the can of tomato, about a tablespon of sazon completo (complete seasoning), the Mojo Criollo ( spanish marinade), the cooking wine and the beef bullion. Lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. In a large pot, place the 4 eggplants and add enough water to cover the eggplants. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to medium. After the seasoning mix has cooked for the 5 to 7 minutes, add to eggplants in water, cook in medium heat for approximately an hour making sure that the eggplants dont fa
Once cooked cut the eggplant in half, serve on a large plate pour some of the sauce over it.Chop the cilantro, the second onion, and the tomato, mix, add some lime or lemon juice and serve on top of the half eggplant as garnish, serve with mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus and a glass of red wine, and VOILAAAA!! another great Cuban DISH for your dinner table!