Lemon-Garlic Stuffed Baby Eggplant

Here is a great dish to make for company or as a nice appetizer or side dish.  It can be difficult to find baby eggplant at times so make sure you grab them up when you see them.

6 baby or small eggplants (about 3 pounds)
3 lemons
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Heat oven to 450°F. Slice each eggplant in half lengthwise, cutting only about 3/4 of the way through so that it remains attached at the top (you can even leave the stem on for a nicer presentation). Arrange the eggplants in a glass baking dish.

Thinly slice 1 of the lemons. Juice the other two lemons. Insert the lemon slices into the slit in each eggplant, then press some garlic and oregano into each slit. Season with the salt and pepper. Drizzle the eggplants with the lemon juice and oil. Cover with foil (make sure it doesn’t touch the eggplants) and roast, basting frequently with the juices in the dish, until the eggplants are very soft, about 40 minutes.

Remove foil and roast for 5 more minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle with pan juices.

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