Half & Half


Half & Half


Half & Half


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You’ve never had a stuffed eggplant like Chef JJ’s! Packed with pecans, fonio, and mint, it’s a dish worth a try no matter your dietary preference.


  • Grapeseed or olive oil
  • 4 medium eggplants, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 2 pounds shiitake, oyster, and maitake mushroom mix
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ -¾ cup fonio, cooked
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle a sheet tray with oil. Lay the eggplant on the sheet tray skin side up and season with salt and cracked black pepper. Roast for 35 minutes or until the eggplants are soft and tender. Set aside to cool. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat with oil. Add the mushrooms and cumin and begin to saute until the mushrooms are lightly golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, pecans, salt, pepper, and fonio into the pan and stir to combine. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and vegan butter. As the vegan butter begins to melt, add the herbs and mix them together. Once the eggplants have cooled, scoop out the filling and mix it into the sauteed mixture. Scoop the filling evenly into the hollowed-out eggplant halves and top with panko breadcrumb. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.