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Delicious Steak Eggplant Casserole Recipe: Great Rediscovery From the Past

Updated on August 28, 2020
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My husband and I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

Eggplants (also known as Aubergines)
Eggplants (also known as Aubergines) | Source

A Recipe Discovery From the Past

We discovered a wonderful recipe for a steak-eggplant casserole in my mother's recipe box last week and decided to try it. Since my husband and I sold our home many years ago as did my mother, and we found a home where we could all live comfortably together, much merging of possessions took place. We both divested ourselves of many things when we decided to make this move. One thing we kept much of what we had gathered through the years was both of our collections of cookbooks and recipes.

We decided a while back to start going through this vast collection of recipes and try some of them, which we would label as worth keeping and repeating or culling them.

Written on a notepad piece of paper from Compere Insurance Agency from Pharr, Texas, it was in my handwriting! 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. We do not know from whom the recipe originated. The casserole's stew-like consistency was so scrumptiously delicious and flavorful that we voted this recipe to be a "keeper." It was rated "excellent," which is the highest rating for giving any recipe in our home. My mother is not a big meat eater, and she even had seconds which rarely happens.

One could serve this over rice, potatoes, or pasta. A good crusty piece of bread could also sop up the flavorful sauce. We paired it with a crisp green salad and bread.

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We used thinly sliced chuck steak that looked like this.  Green PeppersGreen Onions
We used thinly sliced chuck steak that looked like this.
We used thinly sliced chuck steak that looked like this. | Source
Green Peppers
Green Peppers
Green Onions
Green Onions | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 20 min
Yields: Serves eight to ten people hearty portions.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chuck steak, thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 pounds green peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 large eggplant, sliced into strips
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can small diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup or more flour, (enough to coat the meat before browning)

Instructions

1. Cut the meat into long strips and mix with the flour, salt and pepper.

2. Brown the meat in a pan with the oil.

3. Cut the eggplant and green peppers into long strips and chop the green onions.

4. After browning the meat, add all other ingredients into the pan and mix well.

5. Bake covered for 2 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

5 stars for Steak Eggplant Casserole Recipe
Three Types of Eggplant
Three Types of Eggplant | Source

Eggplant Information

  • Eggplant is a precious vegetable full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and some phytonutrients.
  • Most of the excellent phytonutrients reside primarily in the skin.
  • 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 that 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 initially, we have learned to love the taste, which is mild and melds nicely with other flavors.

It is a part of the nightshade group of plants, including potatoes, tomatoes, and sweet peppers. 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 of Japanese eggplant.

Eggplants Drawings
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      You could simply omit the meat to make it vegetarian. For protein you could add some beans. It would be different but still should be delicious. The nice thing about a recipe like this is that it is versatile and you can make it your own by varying ingredients.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting recipe pairing it with steak. I'm wondering what to use in place of steak or meat as I would like to pair it with another veggie. Any ideas?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      If you love eggplant, you are sure to really like this rich and delicious recipe. We have certainly had our fair share of rain of late. Getting a break today but more is predicted for this coming weekend along with more possible flooding.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Love eggplant, and I bet this is so yummy! Thought I best check this out again before it disappears. Want to keep it in case I get to cook again one day.

      Hope you're enjoying cooler temps. I love it! People are complaining that it's cold, but it's just right for me. The rain could have a few more breaks in-between storms, but otherwise it's great! Hope all is well with you.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      Thanks for the 5 stars on this recipe. It deserves it! Really flavorful and good. I'll have to make it again soon. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Steak adds to the flavor but it is not the overall predominant flavor as so much else is added. Hope you like this!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au Fait,

      Like you, we love these ingredients that go into the making of this recipe. We got rain also yesterday and as usual some cars got flooded out on some of our streets in some parts of town. It is sunny so far today with only a slight chance of rain. We could use some drying out weather here in Houston!

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i put in 5 stars for this recipe

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      5 years ago

      I am usually not one for steak but as it comes highly recommended, I would not mind giving it a try

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      A recipe with egg plants and onions can't go wrong. I love these ingredients. Isn't it funny how the best nutrients are usually found in the skin of fruits and vegetables? I think this sounds so yummy. Voting it up again and sharing. Also pinned to my 'Salads, Soups, and Casseroles,' board.

      We got a surprise rain storm las' night. No rain was forecast for yesterday but we got some anyway around 8-9 PM. Brought the temperature down nicely to around 80 or so and would you believe there were people putting on jackets and sweaters? It was still too hot for me.

      Glad you are being sensible about your outside work. Take care . . .

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Eggplant by itself is very low calorie and only becomes caloric depending upon what else is combined with it. Enjoy this recipe with my blessings and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for sharing this recipe and also pinning it. Hope many others get to enjoy this as much as we do. Our pets acted the same on Mother's Day as they do every day of the year. Ha! Hope yours was a good one! ☺

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds wonderful, Peggy. I love egg plant, and thanks for reminding us how lo-cal it is.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Can't believe I haven't seen this recipe before. It looks so yummy! And I love egg plant and onions. Noted that most of your voters love egg plants too.

      Voted this up, AUI, pinning to my 'Main Course Recipes' board, gave you 5 more stars, and sharing with followers who may also have somehow missed this scrumptious looking casserole.

      Hope you have had a wonderful Mother's Day!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      My husband and I also love eating eggplants in all kinds of different recipes. This one is rich and hearty! Thanks for your comment.

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      beingwell 

      7 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted in the poll and shared, peggy. I love, love, love eggplants.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello T4an,

      This eggplant recipe is a good one if you like combining it with meat. We also love eggplant and are having a bumper crop growing our own Chinese eggplants this year. They are just a skinnier version of the more plump ones found in most grocery stores. Thanks for your comment.

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      T4an 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      This recipe looks so good. I frequently make eggplant love trying new recipes. I can't wait to try this one voted up!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      When you get around to trying this steak eggplant casserole, let me know what you think. We love it! It is rich and hearty. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, what a delicious sounding recipe. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. I enjoyed reading the history behind the recipe and thanks for the eggplant facts. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi barbergirl28,

      Your husband should really like this recipe and I am sure that you will also if you like the other ingredients. Let me know, okay? Thanks for your comment on this steak eggplant casserole recipe.

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      Stacy Harris 

      8 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      My husband has been trying to get me to try eggplant, but I have always stayed away from it because I have never really known what to do with it. However, thanks to this recipe... I think I do know. Definately going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing... I think you might have just made my husband very happy! :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      If you decide to try this steak eggplant casserole, let me know how you liked it. It really develops a rich flavor. Will have to make it again soon. Freezes well also if there are leftovers! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Definitely an unusual combination, but one worth trying. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi travel_man1971,

      Obviously you like eating eggplant. Am sure that you will enjoy this recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Awesome!Steak-Eggplant casserole will surely lighten up my mood. Last week, I tasted and eaten eggplant omelet for my breakfast with lots of tomato catsup on it.

      I am cooking eggplant with coconut milk this lunch.

      Thanks for sharing, Ms. Peggy!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I'll never know because I have given in and just grow herbs and some onions now. The critters seem to leave the herbs alone. I have a thriving crop of basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, chives, garlic chives, parsley, sage and oregano and also have a bay laurel shrub.

      Now we purchase our eggplants instead of growing them. The critters won the battle!

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      billyaustindillon 

      9 years ago

      Wondering how your eggplants have gone this seasons - little critters having a nibble again?

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lita,

      Wish that I could successfully grow eggplants in this yard. The last few times I have tried growing them, all the eggplants have been chewed and even hauled off completely before I could harvest them. Now we get ours from the grocery store. Hope you enjoy this steak eggplant casserole as much as we do. Thanks for the comment and votes.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I grow eggplants in my vegetable garden and I want to discover other recipes for eggplants. I find this recipe new to me and of course I'll try this one! Useful information about the nutrients found in eggplants, too. Useful and voted up!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Glad that you commented on this steak eggplant casserole recipe. Reminded me to make it again soon! Thanks!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, you're recipe sounds delicious. I love eggplant so I will be trying it. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      I love eggplant prepared in all kinds of ways. Yours sounds simple and good also. Some critters (squirrels?, possums?, racoons?) have been stealing mine out of the garden. Saw some teeth marks on the first one dropped on the ground and all the rest have simply disappeared entirely. Bummer! I had dreams of growing my own this year.

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      billyaustindillon 

      10 years ago

      Nice recipe - I like eggplant sliced just on the grill with a little tomato and oregano - great in Italian anti pasti so I know this will be a very welcome recipe.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi habee,

      This steak - eggplant casserole is delicious! If you decide to try it, let me know what you think. Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds like something hubby and I could sink our teeth into! Yum!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Catlyn,

      Am sure someone will be more than happy to join you for a dinner of this wonderful and flavorful steak-eggplant casserole. If not, it freezes beautifully! Looking forward to hearing back from you as to how you liked it.

      I found some Chinese eggplants for the garden this year and happily planted them. So far everytime one of those skinnier (but flavorful) eggplants gets even 3 inches long, squirrels keep chewing the stems and taking the eggplants with them. Have found a few with teeth marks and others have disappeared totally. Bummer! My only hope is that the plants may get too tall later in the year for the squirrels to reach.

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      Catlyn 

      10 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to try this out! I am an egg plant lover. I will let you know how it turns out and hopefully I can find someone to share the meal with!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello travel_man1971,

      Yes, eggplant is versatile as you mentioned. I love eggplant with garlic sauce served in many Chinese restaurants. That served over steamed rice...yum! Making me hungry!

      Hope you enjoy this steak-eggplant recipe and thanks for the comment.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      10 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Eggplant is a versatile vegetable. For Greeks, their famous dish made from eggplant is mossaka. Filipinos cook it with coconut milk or fry with an egg or just boil it. Thanks for this yummy eggplant entree, Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi habee,

      As a backup there is always the grocery store to purchase your eggplant. :) I'm going to try and plant some eggplant next year also in our small garden area. In the meantime we just purchase it. Love eggplant!!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds great! Wish I had had this recipe when I was growing eggplant in my garden.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Best CD Rates,

      Hope you enjoy this recipe for steak-eggplant casserole as much as we do. Thanks for the comment.

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      Best CD Rates 

      10 years ago

      This seems to be yummy. I love Eggplant and i can eat it in any form. I keep on looking new dished of eggplant as my kids love it too.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      Let me know what you think of this steak-eggplant recipe after you try it. BTW...I used some red peppers in addition to the green peppers when I first made this. Did not have enough of the green ones on hand (only 2) so substituted red for the balance of the recipe. Delicious.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      jill of alltrades 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmmm...Sounds yummy! I've been looking for eggplant recipes. I think I'll try this.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The steak-eggplant casserole is a good recipe, Ethel. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      The eggplant in this recipe disintegrates for the most part thickening the sauce and is certainly not a predominant flavor as you suspected. Let me know if your wife makes it and if you like it. Thanks!

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds vert tasty Peggy

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      agusfanani 

      10 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow, it looks so tempting, my wife should try this recipe. I know egg plant is healthful, but I have problem with the taste, I think this recipe can solve this problem.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Funny that you should ask. Since my husband is now in the wine business I leave all the pairings up to him. He opened a California Zinfandel and it worked well with this meal. Of course, it can also be enjoyed sans wine. Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 

      10 years ago

      Sounds delicious. Did you pair it with a specific wine?

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Happy to share this steak-eggplant casserole recipe with you and how it came to be. Thanks for the comment.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing a lovely recipe and the story with it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dohn,

      Let me know how you like it. Another nice thing about it is that it is an easy recipe. Most of the time spent is in slicing the meat and veggies.

      We also love eggplant parmesan with freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese. Will have to make more soon! Yum!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      dohn121 

      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This sounds delicious! Great recipe, Peggy. I'll give this one a shot. One of my favorites is eggplant parm with plenty of Pecorino Romano, especially over some linguine and a nice thick red "gravy" as the Italians call it. Yum!

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