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The savoury and sweetness of this suberb dish will make your mouth water. The delicious Smoked Bacon and Raison Stuffed Eggplants is a tasty meal to serve up to your friends.
Pre heat the oven to 180C.
Cut the eggplants in half lengthways. Season them with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes (if they are small) or 1 hour if large. The flesh of the eggplant should be soft.
Once cooked, cool slightly. In the meantime heat a small amount of oil in a pan and cook the bacon and onions until golden in colour. Add the garlic, raisins and pinenuts and cook for a further 2 minutes then place in a bowl.
With a spoon, very carefully scoop out the flesh out of the eggplants, ensuring not to pierce or damage the skin. Add the flesh the bacon mixture along with the chopped tomato, breadcrumbs, parmesan (optional) and basil. Season to taste.
Spoon the mixture back into the eggplant skins and reheat in a cooler oven (160C) for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with extra basil leave to serve and optionally, some parmesan.
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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