Baked Stuffed Zebra Eggplant

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One Medium sized Zebra Eggplant
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Zebra eggplants have no seeds and are not bitter. They are common in most major supermarkets and do not cost more than dark purple ones.  I use them because there is no need for any sort of extra prep.

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. of olive oil
4 Oz of turkey bacon (Applegate Farms) sliced thinly (optional)
1/2 cup of onion diced
2 cups (about) chopped eggplant
1 & 1/2 cups (about) chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
crushed red pepper to taste
1 tsps. of Italian seasoning – blends of dried herbs are good to have in the pantry because you will use it more than if  you just have a random jar of marjoram- that you forget about.  My brand has thyme, marjoram, onion, rosemary, basil, savory & sage- all in one blend.  I use it often, is organic,  and has no other fillers.
1 14- 15oz can of diced tomatoes – do not drain
3 Tbsp. of plain panko
1/4 Cup each of  grated/shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese –shred it yourself- don’t use the prepackaged stuff.

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Slice eggplant in half and score like this:
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leave a 1/4 inch around the skin for stuffing.  Use a small spoon or knife and remove the eggplant similar to an avocado but try not to go through to the skin

Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil to a large skillet and heat on medium high heat
Add bacon and let get brown
Add onion through Italian seasoning
Turn heat down to medium/medium low and mix together let cook for about 5-7  mins.
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Add the liquid from the diced tomatoes and let simmer for 5 mins.
Taste it!  Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
Put the eggplant shells/skins on a baking sheet and fill with cooked mixture
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Top with diced tomatoes
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Add breadcrumbs and cheese

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Bake for 15- 20 mins.  until top is browned
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This can be frozen (cut in half crosswise) in a plastic/glass container and put inside a freezer bag. photo (3)

Good for about 6 months frozen. Reheat in a microwave for 3-4 mins or reheat frozen in an oven safe dish, uncovered @ 350 for 20 mins.

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