June 05, 2015

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
I love to grill in the summer. The flavor of the food is so much better, plus, you do not have to heat up your house by using the stove or oven. I love to get creative when it comes to grilled meals outside of the typical hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc. We are huge fans of chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan and decided to take a summery spin on the traditional recipe.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats

This recipe is great for vegetarians and those who eat meat as well. It is filling and tasty and you really don't miss the meat. If you did want meat, you could add Italian sausage or ground beef to the recipe. 

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats

1 large eggplant
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 diced bell pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp dried basil (or fresh)
1 cup Bertolli® Tomato and Basil Sauce
1/2 cup hand-grated high quality Parmesan cheese


1. Slice eggplant in half and with a spoon, scoop on the seeds and discard.
2. Brush eggplant halves with olive oil.
3. In a large piece of aluminum foil, combine mushrooms, onion, basil, garlic bell pepper and sauce and mix well.
4. Close edges of aluminum foil and create a "packet".

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
5. Turn the grill on and place eggplant halves face down and put on packet of vegetables.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
6. Flip eggplant after about 5-7 minutes or when one side is brown and turn over the foil packet.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
7. Once vegetable sauce is cooked, flip over eggplant and fill with chunky vegetable sauce mixture.
8. Cover in a blanket of Parmesan cheese and let melt for a couple of minutes.
Enjoy! This pairs well with garlic bread.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
My husband is obsessed with eggplant Parmesan and very much enjoyed this meal. He was loving every single bite! The recipe was fairly easy to make so I will be making it again.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
For this recipe, we used Bertolli® Tomato and Basil Sauce which was absolutely delicious. It was very fresh which is what Troy and I look for in a sauce. The closer it tastes to garden fresh cooked tomatoes, the better. I loved the basil flavor in the sauce. It made the perfect flavor for a summer meal.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats

We love simple Italian meals. The Italians seem to live life simply and fully with family, friends, fun and lots of delicious food. In the summer, there is nothing like sitting outside eating a delicious meal with the ones you love.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Boats
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