Maw Maw Doris’ Eggplant Casserole with Shrimp

When my grandma was alive, she’d always make everybody’s favorites for the holidays.  How she did this, I don’t know.  I do believe she might have been Superwoman though.  One of my favorites and what I would often request was her eggplant and shrimp casserole.  There is no way to describe how wonderful this dish is. 

My grandma passed away a few years ago and I’ve been missing her cooking, so I thought I’d try this recipe out for Christmas with my in-laws.  It was NOT the same, though it is supposed to be her recipe.  I think I didn’t cook the eggplant long enough, because it was firm and hers was always mushy.  Next time I will try it and I’ll peel the eggplant first, then dice it and boil it.  When I try that, I”ll update this post with that version.  Until then, here’s her recipe, unadapted.

Note:  I’ve edited this recipe and it turned out MUCH better.  See Eggplant & Crawfish Casserole.  Shrimp are easily substituted.

Maw Maw Doris’ Eggplant and Shrimp Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound shrimp (or 1 lb. ground beef mixed with Jimmy Dean Sausage)
3 eggplants (medium sized)
2 white onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1.5 green bell pepper, chopped
salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste
Plain bread crumbs to sprinkle on top

Method:

1.  Cut off ends of eggplants.
2.  Put in pot and boil about 20 minutes until tender.
3  Drain water.
4.  Cut eggplants in half.
5.  Take seeds out of eggplants.
6.  Scrape the eggplant from the peeling with spoon and put in a bowl on the side.
7.  Saute’ seasonings (onion, celery and bell pepper) in oil and brown raw meat/seafood.
8.  Season with salt, black and red peppers.
9.  Put in greased casserole dish.
10.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake at 350 until warmed through.

Eggplant and Shrimp Casserole

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One response to “Maw Maw Doris’ Eggplant Casserole with Shrimp

  1. Hi,

    I’m going to try this using your comments about the changes.

    Love, Nanny

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