Spicy Garlic Cheese Eggplants – Vegetarian or not!

Here’s some spicy cheesy stuff going on! And it’s really easy to make a vegetarian alternative (but we were sitting on some minced beef, might as well use it)!

Eggplant with spices and cheese LCHF Low Carb

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 Seriously, look at that cheesy heavenly stuff going on in this picture (I can barely stand it)! 

Eggplant with spices, meat and cheese (vegetarian option)

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Spicy Garlic Cheese Eggplants
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Ingredients
  1. 4 eggplants
  2. 700 g (24 oz) minced beed (read note if you want to go vegetarian)
  3. 1/2 yellow onion
  4. 2,5 tsp ground cumin
  5. 0,5 tsp chili powder
  6. 0,75 tsp cayenne pepper
  7. 1,5 tsp lemon juice
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 400 g (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  10. 1 dl (0,42 cups) cream
  11. 150 g (5 oz)+ 150 g (5 oz) grated cheese
  12. 6 cloves of garlic
  13. oil
  14. salt
Instructions
  1. Split eggplants on the long side middle. Cut out the inside out with a knife (I cut it at first then used my fingers to pull it out).
  2. Pour olive oil, salt and crushed garlic (from 3 cloves) into the shell left of the eggplant. Smudge it with your fingers.
  3. Bake 20-30 minutes (you want them to be fairly soft) in 200 C (392 F) hot air. If you don't have hot air, just add 25 C (77 F) to the number.
  4. While eggplant shells are baking, you cut the inside into small pieces, put in a strainer, add salt and shake then let be about 10 minutes.
  5. Chop the onion and fry with minced beef until beef is ready.
  6. Add eggplant and fry additional 5 minutes.
  7. Add tomatoes, spices and lemon, fry another couple of minutes.
  8. Add cream and let fry 10 more minutes before adding 150 g (5 oz) cheese and stir (now it's ready).
  9. Crush 3 garlic cloves into the rest of the grated cheese and mix.
  10. Remove eggplant shell from the oven, fill it with the meat mix and top with cheese.
  11. Bake 20 minutes in oven 200 C (392 F) hot air. If you don't have hot air, just add 25 C (77 F) to the number.
Notes
  1. If you want to make this dish vegetarian it's really simple. Just skip the minced beef and half the recipe that goes into the stuffing.
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