1 pie crust (I get mine premade in the refrigerated dough section. You can also make your favorite recipe for this. Cauliflower crust is really good)

1 small eggplant about 1 lb.

6 tbsp butter

1/2 c finely chopped onions

1 clove of garlic crushed (I like mine. minced so I use about a tsp minced).

1 lb ground chuck

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1/8 c chopped celery tops

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp salt

Dash of black pepper

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

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Directions

  1. Roll out pie crust to 11 inch circle. Fit into 9 inch pie plate. Crimp the edges, refrigerate till ready to use.
  2. Cut unpeeled eggplant into 1/2 inch cubes. Measure 2 cups.
  3. Add 4 Tbsp butter to medium sauce pan. Cook eggplant, covered 5 minutes then drain.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F
  5. Melt rest of butter in lg skillet. Saute onions and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  6. Add ground chuck and rest of ingredients. Mix well. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Add eggplant to meat mixture. Turn into pie shell. Bake 45 – 60 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  8. I add shredded sharp cheddar to mine. I learned this one from my mom. The cheese gives it a little kick.

This is a great way to get extra veggies into your diet. While eggplant does have a mild flavor, when mixed like this my husband thought it was Shepherd’s pie for the longest time. That was actually my fault.

He told me he hates eggplant before I made it the first time. So I made it and didn’t tell him the eggplant was inside. (This works with kids to.) When he asked I just said it was Shepherd’s pie. He has loved it for more than our 15 years of our marriage. Yes, I did come clean and tell him it really was eggplant but he still loves it!

You can easily substitute the crust with a gluten free or keto option. I’ve done it with parmesan cheese or simply increase the chuck and forget the crust all together. Makes an incredible casserole too.

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