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Eggplant is a purple spongy fruit that makes a great vessel to season and cook in a variety of different ways. Eggplant is sturdy it can be breaded and fried, split and roasted or even grilled and pureed for dip. When selecting eggplant makes sure the flesh is firm but slightly spongy to the touch.
Honeynut squash is a sweet and earthy small cross between a butternut squash and buttercup squash. The honeynut has a a smooth faint brown outside and vibrant orange inside, similar to the classic butternut squash It tastes is a more concentrated sweet butternut squash flavor. So handle this squash like you would any other butternut.
Mushrooms are earthy and have texture. They have a nice balance with the cream this makes it’s a perfectly hearty meat less option for this dish. Use your favorite mushroom to really customize the dish.
When selecting herbs for this dish I like to select familiar ones that I use in my favorite comforting stuffing like rosemary, thyme, and sage. These herbs play well off of each other fresh or dried use what you have on hand.
Deep rich gravy is very easy to make all you need a cooked roux, and rich broth. Broth can be made in many forms depending on the desired dish. For this dish I made a rich mushroom gravy so that the earthiness pairs well with the stuffing and eggplant, alternative you can do turkey or chicken gravy or maybe even a white.
eggplant needs very little attention and prep to make well. keep in mind the flesh will begin to oxidize and start to turn brown once the eggplant is cut so have anything you plan to brush on the eggplant ready to go before you even start slicing. peeled or unpeeled that is all up to personal preferences, for this dish unpeeled works best since it helps the eggplant keeps it shape.
When making the stuffing remember to scoop the inside of the eggplant to create a well to add the filling in to. then reintroduce the eggplant back in to the stuffing to use with the mushrooms and bread. If you have too much eggplant cube and save it for your next veggie stir fry or marinara.
serve this dish warmed. the gravy takes just under 20 minutes and is super easy to keep warm on a burner. once the piping hot eggplant comes out give the gravy one quick stir and serve immediately.