Eggplant Rice Dressing

Eggplant Rice Dressing in a serving dish

Eggplant Rice dressing is a side dish staple at my house in Southern Louisiana  . Adding eggplant to simple rice dressing kicks it up a notch plus it adds flavor and moisture to the dish. It is also a great way to hide veggies, my youngest son is super picky and he always eats several servings of this . Growing up my mother made this dish instead of a traditional rice dressing . We had this as a side for almost every holiday but it is simple enough to have everyday, and we did. I never understood people saying they didn’t like eggplant because for most of my life this was the only way I had it , lol.

Let’s talk rice!

The part of Louisiana I am from rice is our potato. We seriously eat rice 4-5 times a week and if I go too long without cooking something that needs rice my kids are whining for “Rice and Gravy”.  With that being said I do have my favorite rices. I generally buy a par-boiled rice because they are not as sticky after they are cooked . The brand I usually buy is Zatarain’s Long grain rice but there are other brands out there. Another great choice is a jasmine or basmati rice. They both have a beautiful aromatic fragrance when cooking and have a nice mild flavor.

Cooking Rice

For this recipe you want steamed rice . Since I grew up eating rice and I have been cooking it since a very young age my mother taught me the knuckle method but that is way to hard to explain . There are several methods to steaming rice but  the main ways are stove top, microwave cooker or electric rice cooker. Since most of you don’t have the later two I’ll explain how to steam it on the stove top. You will need a sauce pan with a lid . In this recipe we need to cook 1 1/2 cups of rice so in a sauce pan add the rice and twice the amount of water, 3 cups. Sprinkle a little salt and bring the water and rice up to a boil. Place the lid on top of the pot and turn the fire down to simmer or low. It will take about 15-20 minutes but once all of the water is absorbed into the rice it is done.  Easy peasy!!

 

Let’s Make Eggplant Rice Dressing!

Once you get your rice onto steam In a large pot like a dutch oven start to brown your ground meat along with the diced onions and Bell pepper. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Browning ground meat with onions, bell pepper , salt , pepper and garlic.

Once the ground meat is done add the peeled and diced eggplant. Turn to medium heat

Peeled and diced eggplant added to the ground meat mixture.

Stir as the eggplant cooks down. When the eggplant looks almost like mush , it is done.

Eggplant cooked down into the the ground meat.

Add the cream of mushroom soup and mix in well

adding cream of mushroom soup to the eggplant mixture.

Add the rice a little at a time

slowly adding rice to the eggplant mixture

When adding the last bit of rice add the Tony Charchere if you don’t want that much spice salt and pepper to taste instead.

adding the optional tony's

Mix well and it is ready to serve.

Eggplant Rice Dressing in a serving bowl

Enjoy!!

Eggplant Rice Dressing single serving on a blue plate.

If you like this recipe check out my  Southern Smoky Green Beans.

 

Eggplant Rice Dressing

Eggplant Rice dressing is a side dish staple . Adding eggplant to simple rice dressing kicks it up a notch, it adds flavor and moisture to the dish.
2.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups of dry rice-See notes
  • 1 lb Ground meat
  • 2 medium eggplants-peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion-diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper-diced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tony's Chachere optional

Instructions
 

  • Steam the 1 1/2 cups of rice --when it's done it will be 3 1/2 -4 cups of rice
  • In a large pot like a dutch oven start to brown your ground meat along with the diced onions and Bell pepper. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Once the ground meat is done add the peeled and diced eggplant. Turn to medium heat
  • Stir as the eggplant cooks down. When the eggplant looks almost like mush , it is done.
  • Add the cream of mushroom soup and mix in well
  • Add the rice a little at a time
  • Sprinkle in Tony Chachere..This is optional but if you don't add it I recommend adding more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well and it is ready to serve

Notes

How to steam the rice on stove top
In a sauce pan add 3 cups of water , 1 1/2 cups of rice and a little salt. Bring it up to a boil . Place the lid on top and turn the fire down to low or simmer. It will take about 15-20 minutes but once all the water is absorbed into the rice it is done. 
Keyword eggplant dressing, eggplant recipes
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Gloria Duggan
Gloria Duggan
3 years ago

I have never combined rice and eggplant. This sounds delicious. What a great side dish for any night of the week. Perfect to take along to a pot luck too.

Rolf Pinckert
Rolf Pinckert
3 years ago
Reply to  Gloria Duggan

can sub cornbread for the rice…delish…

Kathryn Donangelo
3 years ago

We loved this side dish!! Eggplant is a favorite and this was absolutely delicious!

The Kitchen Whisperer
3 years ago

Oh what a great dish that is perfect for a side dish but hearty enough to be a main! I could totally see this for a potluck dinner! Thank you so much for sharing!

Studio Delicious
Studio Delicious
3 years ago

This looks like a wonderful side dish year-round! I would never have thought of using eggplant this way, and it really looks great.

Sharon
3 years ago

I love rice dishes and this one is so good! The added eggplant gives it an extra meaty flavor that is so unique.

Jenny
Jenny
3 years ago

Never heard of this eggplant rice before and I am definitely intrigued. It looks really good.

Marwin Brown
Marwin Brown
3 years ago

What a tasty and filling looking dish! Love the combination of the eggplant and rice as well

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

I have never combined egg plant and rice and this dressing looks delicious. I love the flavors in this dish

Misty Eilar
3 years ago

I am excited to make this again. It is delicious and my kids don’t realize there is eggplant in it.

Carrie Robinson
Carrie Robinson
3 years ago

Oh yum! I am loving the eggplant in this. Such a great side dish idea! 🙂

Alena
3 years ago

I love the addition of eggplant in this rice! It’s nice to add another use of eggplant to my cooking repertoire!

DeLinda Brewster
DeLinda Brewster
2 years ago

Do you drain the ground beef once it’s done?

Larry W Cline
Larry W Cline
1 year ago

Your recipe says “ground meat.” What do you recommend? Ground beef comes to mind of course, but I can also imagine this with ground pork, fresh sausage, or even chopped smoked sausage.

Celina
Celina
1 year ago

I made this yesterday and it was so good! I used ground turkey breast instead of beef and a poblano pepper instead of green pepper, since I already had them available. I also added chopped cremini mushrooms. We had this as our main dish and it was definitely filling enough. I will be making this again and again.