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Russian Eggplant

Russian Eggplant

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This is an easy and sumptuous recipe of eggplant layered with tomatoes and onions, then smothered with sour cream. It bakes up to yield a delicious sauce.

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  • Calories:
  • 248 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 15.8 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.2g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 1052 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice and water. Place the eggplant slices into the lemon water to soak while you bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Drain and rinse the eggplant slices, then place them into the boiling water. Cook for 8 minutes, or until barely tender. Drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Layer the eggplant slices, tomatoes and onion in the dish, sprinkling each layer with a little flour as you go. In a medium bowl, stir together the sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread this over the top of the casserole. Sprinkle generously with paprika.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is nicely browned and there is a bubbly sauce.
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Fraggle Family

The concept was great and I only adapted it a little bit. I took the advice of another review and sauteed the onions in olive oil with oregano and salt until they were soft. I also, rather than use just tomatoes, I simmered the tomatoes with oregano, garlic, and the paprika that was mentioned. I did not boil the eggplant, rather used a covered casserole dish and left the entire thing in for a hour. I served it with rice and it was far from bland and VERY good. A super healthy dish.

Mary Beth

Sooo delicious. I had this same dish, or one very like it, at a restaurant in Russia and have been trying to recreate it since. I made sure my onions were sliced very thin so that they would be sufficiently cooked in the oven, but still have some of the oomph which would be lost by sauteeing. This is definitely going into a regular rotation in my kitchen.

Mrs. Jason

I was somewhat surprised by how this dish turned out. When I first cooked it, it seemed somewhat bland. I am not sure what, but there was something about the flavor that was odd, not really full and savory, but not really unpleasant. As suggested by other reviewers, I sauteed the onion, and instead of boiling the eggplant I simply put it in the casserole raw, covered the dish, and cooked it for a little over an hour. (I don't like the idea of boiling veggies when other means of cooking exist because I want to preserve their nutrients and flavors as much as possible.) Otherwise I made no other modifications. I think what surprises me the most is how I really like it a lot more after being reheated in the microwave. This seems unusual to me. There is still something missing IMO about the taste. I am not sure what to suggest other than the flavors seem to come out underdeveloped. I think this could be fantastic if the flavors were a little richer and full. Perhaps seasoning the eggplant with pepper and cumin or coriander prior to putting them in the casserole might help. I like the creaminess of the sauce combined with the subtleties of the onion and tomato, I just wish there was more of a savory accent to draw it all together.