Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats


 These delicious Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats can be served as an appetizer or a main course and are fun for a summer grilling recipe.

These delicious Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats can be served as an appetizer or a main course and are fun for a summer grilling recipe.

I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying their summer!  It is finally feeling like July here this week with temperatures in the high 80’s and lots of humidity – just the way I like it 😉  I figure if it’s gonna be summer it might as well be sweltering and the three H’s (hazy, hot, humid) otherwise what’s the point?  We have enough cold months here in NY that I try to enjoy the heat as much as I can. We put a brand new gazebo outside on our patio that is ideal for this weather because you can be outside but be out of the direct sun – one might say I’ve been spending way too much time out there.  One might be right.

I have a unique grilling recipe I’m sharing with you today.  It is pretty much like a stuffed eggplant parmesan and I think you will be a big fan.  This is a wonderful dinner if you want to do something else on the grill other than the usual burgers or hot dogs and this is of course a lot healthier.  I really haven’t experimented too much with eggplant at all in the past and this was honestly the first time I’ve ever cooked with it.  I have the “before” pictures below so you can see the process….

These delicious Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats can be served as an appetizer or a main course and are fun for a summer grilling recipe.

before grilling and before putting the cheese on

These delicious Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats can be served as an appetizer or a main course and are fun for a summer grilling recipe.

ready to throw on the grill!

 I don’t usually like eating eggplant that is not breaded and fried, but this was fantastic and so much easier to make.  A great, light summer meal that everyone in the family will most likely enjoy.  Of course, it’s to die for with all that melted cheese on top.  Who can resist that?!
Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats
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Serves: 2 boats
These delicious Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats can be served as an appetizer or a main course and are fun for summer grilling.
  • 1 cup cooked rice OR the insides from one eggplant, cubed (as much as will fit) OR a combo of rice and insides of eggplant
  • 1 can 8 oz tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoons each oregano, basil, parsley fresh or dried
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 chopped fresh plum tomatoes
  • Garnish with shredded blend of mozzarella and/or provolone cheese
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper or use jar roasted peppers
Optional: add ½ cup cooked meat of choice -cooked hamburger meat, chopped cooked chicken, cut up ham, loose sausage cooked or pepperoni.
  1. On a cutting board, cut the eggplant lengthwise in half.
  2. With a sharp knife carve out each middle leaving the bottom and sides around ½ inch thick all around.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix everything together including the meat, if using, but not the cheese.
  4. Fill the boats with the rice or cubed eggplant mixture. Top with shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Place on a large greased piece of foil and pull the sides of the foil up around the boats. Grill on low until fork tender, around 35 minutes.
  6. If baking in the oven, bake in a preheated 350 degree hot oven on a foil lined cookie sheet and drizzle egg plants tops with olive oil.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

Recipe source:  adapted from

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28 Responses to “Grilled Stuffed Eggplant Boats”

  1. July 23, 2014 at 1:12 AM #

    These look amazing, I would count them as a meal for sure. Love ’em!

  2. Missy D.
    July 23, 2014 at 6:46 AM #

    Those look delicious and full of healthy ingredients.

  3. July 23, 2014 at 8:01 AM #

    I love egg plant and stuffed is even better. I never thought to put a stuffed eggplant on the grill. Great idea. Happy grilling!

  4. July 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    Yummm! This sounds amazing!

  5. July 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM #

    Oooh, it’s like lasagna stuffed in an eggplant! What a fabulous idea. I’m sure we’ll get some eggplant from the CSA soon, and this is something I’ll have to try. Thanks, Ashley!

  6. July 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

    Just picked some eggplant from our garden…this will be great to make

  7. July 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM #

    I love this recipe SO much!!! I make something similar with stuffed spaghetti squash and now I must try this with eggplant! ( one of my favorite veggies or should i say berry? ;))

  8. July 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM #

    I love stuffed veggies, and this eggplant looks amazing, Ashley!

  9. July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

    Oh how fantastic is this!!! I would love to have this for dinner!!

  10. July 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM #

    I am an eggplant lover for sure and these sound fantastic!

  11. July 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM #

    I’m seeing great eggplant at farmer’s markets now, so this recipe is perfect. Love this! So much flavor. Thanks.

  12. July 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM #

    I love every single thing about these eggplant boats! They look delicious!

  13. July 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM #

    What a great idea! They look terrific!

  14. July 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM #

    OMG! These boats look amazing!!

  15. July 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM #

    I have to make these for my sister who is an eggplant nut!

  16. July 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

    Ugh – New York humidity! Makes my hair grouchy.

    Who can resist, indeed! I LOVE eggplant. Don’t make it nearly enough, but I’m going to have to change that. And sprinkle cheese on it with abandon. Isn’t everything better with cheese?

  17. July 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM #

    I love eggplant, especially on the grill! 🙂

  18. July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

    Oh this is so much easier to put together than breading and frying the eggplant for parmesan! Looks delicious.

  19. July 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM #

    I’m not typically a big fan of eggplant, but this might just win me over!

  20. July 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM #

    I need to start eating more eggplant. These look delicious!

  21. July 24, 2014 at 7:43 PM #

    Mmm, who can resist eggplant? Delicious! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. July 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM #

    What a great way to serve eggplant, I love it but my family isn’t really into it. Maybe…just maybe, this will win them over. 🙂

  23. July 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM #

    These boats are such a fun way to use eggplant! We love eggplant at our house and I’m always trying to think of new ways to use it!

  24. July 28, 2014 at 6:50 AM #

    Such a great recipe and a great way of enjoying eggplants which are sooo soo good!

  25. July 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM #

    Such a great happy harvest idea.. and love the idea of filling different vegetables up with this too!

  26. July 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM #

    You definitely sold me with the gooey melted cheese! Can’t resist that. What a great summer meal. I really need to start eating more eggplant.

  27. July 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM #

    Lots of cheesy goodness!


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