Wonderful Steak Eggplant Casserole Recipe
Wonderful recipe discovery!
We discovered a wonderful recipe for a steak-eggplant casserole in my mother's recipe box last week and decided to give it a try. It turned out to be absolutely delicious!
Since my husband and I sold our home many years ago as did my mother and we found a home in which we could all live comfortably together, much merging of possessions took place.
Of course we both divested ourselves of many things also when we decided to make this move.
One thing in which we kept much of what we had gathered through the years was both of our collections of cookbooks and recipes.
My hubby's mother died a number of years ago and we also have many of her favorite recipes.
Thus...we have plenty of recipes in this house!
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We decided a while back to start going through this vast collection of recipes and try some of them which we would then label as being worth keeping and repeating...or culling them.
Anything made with Eggplant ( also known as Aubergine ) as an ingredient always gets my attention. So much can be done with it that we enjoy eating.
So this Steak-Eggplant Casserole recipe intrigued me. It was written on a notepad piece of paper from Compere Insurance Agency from Pharr, Texas. And it was in my handwriting!
Obviously when I was still living at home, I must have tasted this casserole somewhere and asked for the recipe.
When I left the Rio Grande Valley, the recipe stayed in my mother's recipe box and I forgot about it. I was not doing much cooking at the time since I was staying in a nurse's dorm in the Texas Medical Center and cooking space was limited.
She did not remember it so we decided it was about time to make it and decide among ourselves whether this would be a "keeper" or not.
Sadly, no note was made as from whom the recipe originated.
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Do you like eating eggplant?
Eggplant is an extremely valuable vegetable full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and some phytonutrients.
At 27 calories a cup, it makes it an ideal food for those interested in losing weight.
High in fiber, it is good for the bowels and helps to satisfy one's hunger.
Providing a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper, it also contains potent antioxidants which help to protect cell membranes from damage.
Eggplant can also serve to fight the effects of LDL or bad cholesterol in one's body and has zero cholesterol of its own. It also has some anti-viral as well as anti-cancer effects that are under study.
Without even knowing all of this information in the beginning, we have simply learned to love the taste which is mild and melds nicely with other flavors with which it might be paired.
It is a part of the nightshade group of plants which include potatoes, tomatoes and sweet peppers and eggplant grows much like a green or red pepper dangling from its stem above ground.
There are various varieties (and colors) but the main ones seen in the grocery stores (at least the ones in which we shop in Houston) are the bulbous purple ones or the longer skinnier varieties with the deep purple skins.
Steak, green peppers and onions for recipe
This is obviously an old recipe and called for purchasing round steak.
We no longer often see that cut of meat and we substituted thinly cut chuck steak like the picture to the right.
It also called for a #2 can of tomatoes.
No one uses that terminology anymore and we used a 14 1/2 oz sized can.
OK...so here is the recipe:
2 pounds of thinly cut chuck steak
2 pounds of green peppers
1 unpeeled large eggplant
One 14 1/2 ounce sized can of small diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of chopped green onions and tops ( I used one entire bunch )
One 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt ( you can add more after cooking if this is not enough to suit your taste )
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of oregano ( I used about 1 teaspoon )
1/4 cup of oil
Cut the meat in long strips and mix with the flour, salt and pepper and brown in the oil.
Cut all the vegetables in long strips.
After the meat is browned, add all other ingredients.
Bake ( covered ) for 2 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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To peel or not to peel...
Sometimes when we make recipes like eggplant Parmesan, my mother does not like the skin left on the eggplant due to it's slightly bitter taste. So in trying this recipe again...some 40 years after it had been hand copied , I decided to peel the eggplant. I probably won't do that next time since finding out that all the wonderful phytonutrients are found to be primarily in the skin.
The rich stew-like consistency of the casserole was so scrumptiously delicious and flavorful that we definitely voted this recipe to be a "keeper." In fact it was rated "excellent" which is the highest rating that we give any recipe in our home.
My mother is not a big meat eater and she even had seconds which almost never happens.
One could serve this over rice, potatoes or pasta. A good crusty piece of bread could also be used to sop up the flavorful sauce.
We simply paired it with a crisp green salad.
If you are like us after you give this wonderful steak eggplant casserole a try it will become a family favorite.
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