Stuffed Eggplant With Sunflower Romesco Sauce

Packed Eggplant With Sunflower Romesco Sauce

Basic packed eggplant with grains, herbs & a flavourful sunflower romesco sauce (that tastes excellent on whatever) is a best vegan supper. My variation of romesco here is naturally nut-free.

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Two images show eggplant being sautéed and sunflower romesco sauce being whipped up on a food processor.

Image shows hollowed out eggplant

I had actually been believing and thinking of this meal, the concept of it, for so long. I envisioned this charred/grilled smoky eggplant with a harissa-like sauce and herbed grains all packed within, together with a light mash of the eggplant flesh that included tahini and lemon. It appeared like the best summer season entrée for the plant enthusiasts.

My efforts at keeping durable eggplant “boats” on a grill were ruthless though! They became mush– scrumptious mush, however still mush. And I understood I had actually currently done a grilled eggplant and harissa thing a while earlier (likewise have it in stew kind here). I needed to re-imagine this dreamy dinnertime circumstance to bring it into truth.

When Jessica and I assisted host a supper at Botanica in LA, among the courses was this moat of romesco on a plate that was served with golden-crispy potatoes and broccolini on top, and some grilled sourdough on the side. It was the dreamiest menu choice I have actually ever experienced. Their romesco is something unique, and while I have actually made and delighted in the sauce numerous times, I kept thinking of it after that journey. Romesco typically has a base of roasted peppers and almonds, however I was simply making variations of it with whatever mix of nuts/seeds I required to consume, and all of them were excellent!

This sunflower seed one is scrumptious and blissfully nut-free for those who require it to be. You all may currently understand just how much I enjoy having a 100% crave-worthy sauce around. When I get a batch of something I like, I use it to practically anything I’m making and I will not stop yearning it till I undoubtedly enter into overkill area (see likewise: açai bowls and most doughnuts). However easy things like sauces make the distinction for a great deal of individuals! Possibly you feel eeeenh about broccoli, however if I splash it in garlicky/smoky/lightly hot romesco, you’ll most likely consume the entire bowl.

For some folks, it’s the distinction in between consuming veggies and not. Actually, my objective is constantly to get individuals to consume the vegetables/food that is kinder to them and the world, so simply please make some sauce for individuals you enjoy. Possibly begin with this sunflower romesco sauce?;-RRB-

Image shows sunflower romesco sauce ingredients on a wood countertop.

Image shows sunflower romesco sauce being whipped up in a food processor.

Two images show a kitchen scene and some lettuces and herbs on a wooden cutting board.

An overhead shot of stuffed eggplant

An overhead image shows a blue enamelware plate with a stuffed eggplant half (filled with quinoa, herbs and a red sauce), and a side of dressed red leaf lettuce.

Packed Eggplant with Sunflower Romesco Sauce

Basic packed eggplant with grains, herbs & a flavourful sunflower romesco sauce (that tastes excellent on whatever) is a best vegan supper. My variation of romesco here is naturally nut-free.

PREPARATION TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 35 minutes OVERALL TIME 55 minutes

Course Main Dish, Sauce, Side Meal Diet Plan Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 4

Author: Laura Wright


  • Food Mill

Active Ingredients

Sunflower Romesco Sauce

  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 roasted red peppers, homemade or from a container
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon aleppo pepper or a pinch of cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons sherry OR apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • little handful flat parsley leaves
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • little 1/2 cup additional virgin olive oil

Packed Eggplant

  • 2 small-medium eggplants
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 little shallot, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup romesco
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini(* )4
  • portions prepared grain of option ( I utilized quinoa ) huge handful of fresh and leafy herbs, sliced
  • ( I utilized cilantro, parsley & a little dill) toasted sunflower seeds or dukkah, for topping
  • Directions

Make the sunflower romesco: In the bowl of a food mill, integrate the sunflower seeds, roasted red peppers, garlic, paprika, aleppo pepper, vinegar, tomato paste, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pulse the mix till all active ingredients are carefully sliced and gently pasty. Scrape the bowl down. Then, with the motor on low, sprinkle the olive oil in through the feed tube till completely integrated. Examine the sauce for spices. Transfer sauce to a sealable container, and reserved in the refrigerator till all set to utilize.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.
  • Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, right through the stem. Utilizing a paring knife, sculpt into the eggplant flesh all the method around the boundary. Pry the eggplant expand of the eggplant halves with your fingers or a spoon and set it aside. Location eggplant halves on a flat pan, dealing with up. Brush the eggplant halves with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake eggplant for 20 minutes, or till golden brown and gently tender.
  • Approximately slice the scooped out eggplant. Heat a little oil in a medium-large sauté pan over medium heat. Include the shallots and garlic to the pan and sauté till aromatic and a little soft, about 2 minutes. Include the sliced eggplant, and season with salt and pepper. Stir. Sauté the eggplant, stirring sometimes, till tender, browned, and a little minimized in size, about 4 minutes.
  • Thoroughly move eggplant to the food mill. Include the 1/4 cup of romesco, lemon juice, and tahini to the food mill also. Pulse the mix till you have a chunky paste.
  • To serve, divide the warm eggplant filling equally amongst the eggplant “boats.” Then, spoon your prepared grain of option on the top together with a spray of sliced herbs. Garnish the tops of the packed eggplants with more romesco and toasted sunflower seeds or dukkah. Take pleasure in warm.
  • Notes

If you wish to keep this more conventional, utilize toasted almonds and even a mix of almonds and hazelnuts in location of the sunflower seeds.

  • If you want to make this grain-free, attempt packing the eggplant with herbed cauliflower rice, or something like
  • this dish of mine from method back. I do not have any concrete recommendations on reducing the quantity of oil in the romesco, sadly. I discovered that the mix tasted rather excellent prior to I included it however, however was a still little sharp/intense. Maybe attempt 1/4 cup of water in location of the oil and include more if required.
  • Romesco is excellent in a sealed container in your fridge for 5-7 days. I attempt you to even attempt making it last that long however. I enjoy it with grilled/roasted veggies, tossed with pasta and chickpeas and herbs, and dove up with crusty bread, undoubtedly.
  • If you’re going back to square one with this dish and completing it to the end, no requirement to clean the food mill out after you make the romesco. You’ll require it for the eggplant!
  • Published in fall, earthy, gluten totally free, grill, main dish, nut totally free, refined sugar-free, roasted, sauce, side meal, smoky, spicy, spring, summer season, umami, vegan

Conceal 17 remarks


  • Yum! Actually making this romesco tonight!

    Reply Maria

  • Stuffed eggplants are the very best. This romesco sauce looks stunning and scrumptious!! This looks rupturing with taste and herbs and whatever excellent. I’m pinning it to make next month when our eggplants begin to ripen!!

    Reply Nick

  • Remarkable! Eggplant is so underrated. Can’t wait to attempt this!

    Reply Amanda Maguire

  • Actually began drooling when I read your post. lol I believe I require to make this romesco sauce ASAP. And perhaps a double batch due to the fact that I sense we’ll be fortunate if it lasts 2 days at our home.

    Reply Tidy Consuming for the Non-Hippie

  • Sunflower Romesco !!!!!

    Any believed on an alternate lorry to eggplant? I can’t wait to make this– thank you!

    Reply Laura

    • Among my fans on Instagram stated that they made this with a halved butternut squash which it was rather excellent that method! You’ll need to extend the cooking time significantly if you go this path though. A larger/rounder zucchini would likewise be fantastic here!

      – L
      Reply Jessie Snyder

  • You will constantly blow my mind with your developments, Laura, this is such an imaginative stunner. I enjoy the method you see and control veggies! Its genuinely motivating lady. Required to attempt romesco, I’m a novice however you make it sound sos excellent! xx

    Reply nana

  • in the center east we simply roast the entire eggplant in the oven or on a grill/ open fire, and when it’s all set dig part of the within and blend it with whatever/ things it back. then there’s no requirement to go through the procedure of dealing with the within independently (which likewise takes in a great deal of oil).

    Reply Meredith Youngson|Earth & Oven

  • That romesco looks bewitching! Love the concept of utilizing wallet-friendly (and delicious) sunflower seeds in location of almonds! Stunning.

    Reply Jenny

  • This looks incredible. I have actually made packed zucchini prior to however never ever eggplants. Need to attempt this.

    Reply Genna

  • Simply made this last night, and it was incredible! Just took about an hour start to end up, and I served it with spinach, sunflower sprouts, sliced up avocado, and more tahini. I have actually never ever had romesco prior to today I’m addicted! Lots of additional sauce to utilize today on salads/sandwiches/etc:-RRB-

    Reply Alex

  • This is such an outstanding concept for a raised vegan primary. Great for a supper celebration:-RRB-

    Reply Cassie Fall Tran

  • The Romesco looks unbelievable as does the eggplant! I wager this is an incredible meal that integrates the very best tasty tastes!

    Reply Lauren C

  • This was scrumptious! Made it for my non-vegan partner and he was really satisfied. The only thing I altered was not pulsing the eggplant into a paste with the romesco and tahini. I simply stirred some romesco and tahini into a bowl of sauteed eggplant and dividied that up in the bowls with quinoa. So excellent!! Will be making once again.

    Reply Marry

  • I liked this meal! My eggplant boats did not get tender enough however, so I’m believing next time 375 degrees for 30 minutes and scooping them out and leaving just 1/4 ″ rim. What do you believe?

    Reply Jane

  • Laura is it real sherry or sherry vinegar? Thank you.

    Reply Laura

    • It is Sherry vinegar! Apologies for my late reply.

      – L

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