Nikumiso Dengaku (Stuffed Eggplant)

Nikumiso Dengaku recipe

Nikumiso literally means meat miso. Try Marc Matsumoto's Japanese recipe for stuffed eggplant, and learn more at the Fresh Tastes blog.

Yield: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons hatcho miso (black miso)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • .4 ounces (12 grams) ginger, minced
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 scallion, minced

Directions

  1. Trim the stems off the eggplants and then slice enough off the bottom of each eggplant off so that they can sit upright without falling over.
  2. Use a peeler to peel away alternating stripes in the skin.
  3. Slice the eggplants in half from side-to-side.
  4. Carve out some of the eggplant to make a bowl, but leave about 1 inch (2.5cm) of eggplant around the sides.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the hatcho miso, mirin, sake and sugar and mash together until they form a smooth sauce.
  6. Heat a pot with 2-3-inches of oil until it reaches 340 degrees F (170 C). Prepare a paper towel lined wire rack.
  7. Fry the eggplant, turning periodically for about 2-3 minutes or until a skewer easily passes through the bottom of each cup.
  8. Drain the eggplant cups upside-down, gently patting away any excess oil.
  9. Add the oil and ginger into a sauté pan, and fry until the ginger is fragrant. Add the pork and stir-fry, breaking up the clumps until the pork is cooked.
  10. Drain any excess oil from the pork and then add the miso sauce. Cook until the miso forms a shiny glaze coating each crumb of meat.
  11. Divide the pork between the 4 eggplant cups and top with the minced scallions.
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