New Orleans Eggplant Casserole

A hearty bake of eggplant, rice, ground beef, and sausage is flavored with the holy trinity (onion, celery, and green pepper) and sprinkled with crumbs for an authentic Cajun classic recipe.

Slice the eggplants 3/4 inch thick, and sprinkle each side with salt. Allow slices to drain in colander set in the sink for 2 to 3 hours. Wipe off excess salt, but do not rinse slices. Lay...


Ingredients

  • 3 large eggplants
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/2 pound bulk hot pork sausage (such as Jimmy Dean┬«)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco┬«), or to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh French bread crumbs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

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