Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

by on December 28, 2009
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Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

There are certain recipes that fall into a category I call “Louisiana Church Potluck Dishes.” These are dishes that I grew up eating regularly because they were staples at the monthly “Family Night Suppers” at the church of my youth. I remember sampling delicacies like baked cushaw, mirliton supreme, and eggplant casserole without knowing what the heck they were, but hey, they tasted pretty good. My mother had her own signature dishes, and I don’t recall her ever making any of these potluck standbys, but there wasn’t really any need–we’d have them again at the next church supper.

I’d completely forgotten about eggplant casserole until a neighbor remarked that it was her favorite eggplant dish. As soon as she mentioned it, I was flooded with memories of a creamy filling covered with cracker crumbs, but I pushed it to the back of my mind because I wasn’t sure what went into it, but whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t vegan.

After consulting my stack of tattered, decidedly non-vegan Louisiana cookbooks, I was ready to take a stab at a vegan eggplant casserole, with one important change: Instead of boiling the eggplant, as most of the recipes instructed, I would roast it as I do for baba ganoush. It takes a little longer my way, but roasting the eggplant gives it a smokier flavor (and besides, boiling an eggplant just seems so wrong). To make this more of a main dish, I added chickpeas, but you could leave them out and serve the casserole as a terrific side dish for your creole black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day. It won’t win any beauty contests, but you’ll be amazed at how luscious, creamy, and richly seasoned it is. (Even E The Eggplant Hater enjoyed it!)

Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

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2 medium eggplants (about 1.25 pounds each)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups sliced)
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or canned, drained and rinsed)
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or regular)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces silken tofu (1/2 package Mori-Nu, Lite preferred)
1 ounce raw cashews (a little less than 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted and made into bread crumbs (or use pre-seasoned breadcrumbs and omit basil and oregano, below)
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

Preheat oven to 425 F. Prick eggplants several times each with a fork and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until they are both completely soft (skin will be blackened in places and collapsed in the middle)–30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Scoop the flesh from the skin, discarding any liquid. (You can do this step a day ahead and refrigerate the eggplant pulp until ready to use.) Set aside until ready to use.

Chop all vegetables (I do each one separately in the food processor). Spray a non-stick pot with olive oil (optional, depending on the non-stickiness of your pan) and place over medium-high heat. Add the onions, green pepper, and celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook on medium-low heat, stirring and scraping the pan’s bottom, until the mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.

Add the reserved eggplant, chickpeas, parsley, thyme, cayenne, paprika, and black pepper. Cook, breaking up any large pieces of the eggplant with the edge of a spoon, on medium heat while you prepare the tofu mixture.

Place the tofu, cashews, onion powder, and water in a blender and process at high speed until cashews are blended and mixture is smooth. You may have to stop the machine and scrape down the sides several times and, if you’re using a Vita-Mix, use the pusher to push the mixture into the blades. Scrape the mixture out of the blender and into the pot with the eggplant-chickpea mixture. Stir well, add nutritional yeast, and salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 375F. Oil a shallow baking dish and pour the eggplant mixture into it, smoothing the top. Mix the breadcrumbs with the basil and oregano and sprinkle them over the top of the casserole. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until top is browned and casserole is hot. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 188 calories, 32 calories from fat, 3.8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1023.4mg sodium, 727.4mg potassium, 31.8g carbohydrates, 9.8g fiber, 6.4g sugar, 10.4g protein, 3.3 points.

Though MyPoints are calculated using a formula similar to Weight Watchers Points TM, this site has no affiliation with Weight Watchers and does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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1 Hollafoodzone December 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

When you are done blending the eggplant/tofu mixture, do you mix it up with the veggies you have been sauteeing, or do you layer it?

It sounds yummy!


2 SusanV December 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

After you blend the tofu & cashews, you mix it into the eggplant–no layering.

Hope you give it a try. It really is delicious!


3 blessedmama December 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Great recipe! I love eggplant and am always trying to find ways to make it appealing to my children. I love the church potluck anecdote. You had to have gone to several, like me, to really appreciate what you were talking about. Jello molds, potato salads, ah, good times… Except yours with a Louisiana flourish!


4 Mary December 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Eggplant and chickpeas are a magical combination, and I love them both! Thanks for this recipe, I'll keep it in mind for my next potluck.


5 dreaminitvegan December 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

What a great recipe for using eggplant. We have a friend who's wife is from Louisiana and in the past she's made some casseroles that used alot of cheese.


6 KathyF December 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I grew up eating "Louisiana church potluck dishes" too. My mom's favorite was tuna casserole. One day I'll take stab at veganizing that one. Meanwhile, I think I'll just enjoy eggplant casserole.


7 Jessica September 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

There is a book called “Vegan Comfort Food” that has a “tuna” casserole, made with chickpeas! It was delicious, I highly recommend it. It features a lot of other southern dishes as well.


8 Claire December 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I've been looking for an eggplant dish to have with my favorite vegan dirty rice – this looks perfect!


9 Anonymous December 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm

When you say 2 medium size eggplants, approximately how much weight are you talking about. I have one (somewhat) large one and am wondering if that will suffice.


10 Mitzi December 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Just made the dish. Tasted wonderful- thanks! However the instructions were a bit confusioning. Didn't get the 'reseverd eggplant' part. When is it mean to be added? Only on the tofu top or with the mann???


11 SusanV December 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Anonymous, both of my eggplants together weighed 2 pounds, 10 ounces or 1200 grams. I'm pretty sure that no one large eggplant can weigh that much, but if yours does, go for it!

Mitzi, I'm glad it tasted good but sorry the instructions were confusing. I'm not sure how to be more clear: the eggplant is added to the pan with the vegetables (onion, etc.). Later, the tofu and cashews are blended and they too are added to the eggplant, chickpeas, onions, etc. There's really only two layers: seasoned breadcrumbs on the top and everything else on the bottom. I'll review the wording of the recipe to see if I can spot the problem.


12 Meredith December 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I made this tonight and it was AWESOME! The directions were fine and made perfect sense to me. However, my eggplant was VERY seedy on the inside when i went to scoop it, i tried to pull out a lot of the seeds, what did you do about the seeds? in the future I will probably use smaller or japanese eggplants to avoid the seeds.

Another fatfreevegan success! I also made (for the hundreth time) your carrot spice muffins, yum.


13 SusanV December 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Anonymous–I've updated the recipe with the eggplant weight and the approximate roasting time. About the food processor, I have a feeling that it will never get the cashews as perfectly smooth as the blender will, but you can always try. You can also use cashew butter instead of raw cashews to make it easier.

Meridith–Thanks for the feedback. Honestly, I just left the seeds, but your suggestion to use smaller eggplants is a good one. Glad to hear you liked it!


14 Gena December 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

As always, Susan, a delicious and inspiring recipe. Yum!


15 Reyna December 29, 2009 at 1:03 am

I just wanted to say I love your recipes (Especially your Banana coffee cake and lower fat banana peanut butter). I like that they're all very health conscious recipes and that you even include the nutritionals (its so hard to find online recipes that do). I was just wondering if you had any tasty recipe for low fat/fat free butter tarts?
Thanks. (And keep up the delicious recipes!! ๐Ÿ™‚


16 farmhouse dining room tables December 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

I am going to tell my mother about this! She loves making casseroles and I know she haven't tried this one! Thanks a bunch for sharing!


17 Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 5:27 am

Oh, Susan!!

THAT looks devine!!
This may be our New Year's Eve meal!! LOVE the addition of cashews. THANK YOU!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristine Elliott


18 Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 9:33 am

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19 Siri December 29, 2009 at 10:39 am

Ah! yummy looking casserole Susan.. you are right – *boiling eggplant* seems so not-correct way to do..roasting give it a nice charred-taste. I will surely give this a try. A quick question though – Can this be made a day-ahead & refrigerate for next day lunch? I am asking this as I wish to make this for one of my office potlucks.

Thanks and wishing you a very happy new year.



20 SusanV December 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

Hi Siri–This is a perfect make-ahead dish. If you can, warm it up in an oven or toaster oven to prevent the bread crumbs from getting soggy.

Happy new year to you, too!


21 Alisa December 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Another fabulous eggplant dish; I can always count on you for a great recipe to use up the purple stuff!


22 Janet December 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Eggplants rule! This looks like a really delicious and satisfying entree. Me want some!!


23 Kip December 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I'm of the opinion that aubergine is one of the most under-rated vegetables in the West, and that seems totally criminal! I could eat it everyday and die a happy bunny. This looks awesome. Will def give it a go soon, cheers!


24 tracieMoo December 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I love this recipe! this is so much better compared to the full fat potato pie.. I would definitely love to try this out! thanks for sharing!!
Have a happy new year!


25 Mihl December 30, 2009 at 5:47 am

What a great use for aubergines! I made this yesterday and really enjoyed it. The creamy texture is great and I love that this dish contains chickpeas and mushrooms as well. Those are two of my favourite ingredients.
I used a red bell pepper because there was no note about using a green one in the ingredient list, maybe you want to add that. I also added some more ground pepper, more nutritional yeast, a chili and some lemon zest and juice to the mixture to adjust it to my taste. I am glad we have lots of leftovers and am looking forward to lunch today. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Susan and happy new year!


26 Sharon December 30, 2009 at 10:58 am

Thanks so much Susan! It looks wonderful and can't wait to try it. I'm fairly new to your blog but have run out of ink printing recipes. All have been fantastic!


27 Yari December 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

A terrific recipe! I'll definitely give it a try as soon as eggplants are in season again (next Summer). And yes, I do agree… Boiling them is so wrong!


28 moonwatcher December 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Hi Susan,

This is inspired, and looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to give it a try. I'll probably toast a brown rice tortilla in the oven, then process in the food processor for gluten free and relatively low fat "bread crumbs"–Happy New Year!




29 Rachel January 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

This sounds delicious! I have one question, because I hope to make this tonight and have no cashews: what function do the cashews serve/what can I substitute? Are they there for texture or taste, is what I'm getting at, I guess?

Regardless this looks fantastic.


30 SusanV January 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Rachel, the cashews are purely for flavor, so you can leave them out without any problem with the texture. If you have it, you could substitute a teaspoon or two of tahini to replace a little of the flavor, though don't use too much because tahini is a stronger taste than cashews. Hope you enjoy it!


31 PJ January 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

This is just such a wonderful recipe! I recently started following your blog but each and every recipe that I saw so far was just wonderfully delicious and so healthy too! Your blog is definitely an inspiration for me to remind myself every now and then that delicious does not need to be unhealthy ๐Ÿ™‚


32 alai January 2, 2010 at 3:51 am

wowza! When I was young, we only made our eggplant casserole very simply, with eggplant, trinity, spices, and shrimp. (Plus bread crumb + spice + butter/lard covering for the final bit.) Now as a vegetarian (love my cafe au lait too much to give up the dairy, even though I'm now in land of soy), I make it with pressed tofu rather than shrimp, and rice bran oil + quick oats rather than bread crumbs + lard — fun times!


33 chrystad72 January 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Hey Susan! I am a dedicated reader but Ive just never posted before. I just wanted to say that i look forward to all your wonderful creations! This recipe looks fabulous! Thanks for all the amazing work in 2009. Cant wait to see what 2010 brings! Best wishes to you!


34 Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I've been looking all over for this!



35 Anonymous January 4, 2010 at 7:38 am

Hi Susan,

I tried this recipes yesterday and oh my, it's delicious! I usually don't like eggplant at all but now I can't wait to get some more to make this again.

The one thing I especially liked was the great combination of spices and herbs (I finally got to use smoked paprika for the first time ). You're a genius in the kitchen!



36 veganefcliz January 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I made this yesterday for dinner and loved it, and almost even more so the leftovers for lunch. A great way o use up the half boxes of silken tofu I often have sitting around. One thing though, your aubergines must be huge because I got 2 medium ones and even together they only weighed 1.5lbs!! I roasted a courgette and sort of mashed it in to compensate and it still worked great. Thanks for this lovely dish.


37 Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

This came out really well, and I've added it to my list of "in-law friendly" dishes. My husband loved it and it was easy to throw in other veggies that I had hanging around. I used cashew butter instead of raw cashews, it's a good option for people with crappy blenders. Thank you!


38 kim g. January 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

This sounds so delicious! I can't wait to make it!


39 GEORGE ALAN FRAMPTON January 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Susan, I love eggplant, especially the small Japanese ones, so will try this tomorrow. This may seem a silly question, but I don't usually use onion powder and am wondering, if an onion is used, why onion powder is used as well. I may have to go out and get some.


40 Anonymous January 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I wanted to try this recipe because I think eggplants are so pretty but I hadn't found a good use for them yet. The few eggplant recipes that I've tried so far have been awful. Thanks to you I now have a great use for eggplants. Even hubby liked this casserole (he's not much of a casserole person). I used my food processor for the tofu/cashew mixture because my lame blender can't handle nuts. It worked fine. The cashews weren't totally ground up but it added a nice texture to the dish. The next time I make it, I plan on leaving out the cayenne. The freshly ground black pepper was plenty. Thanks again. Tresa in TX.


41 Leppy January 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I made this recipe and it turned out great. Of course I love mushrooms and eggplant. I am intolerant to soy (tofu) so I substituted cooked cauliflower. I think it worked great! I might try this sub in other tofu recipes.


42 DnJ January 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

This is on the menu for tomorrow night! Any suggestions for substituting out the Soy? We're new at this and want to avoid the soy completely/as-much-as-possible.


43 SusanV January 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

DnJ, cooked white beans (like Great Northern) can be substituted for tofu in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it!


44 DnJ January 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Fantastic Dish! Highly recommended.

We omitted the tofu and replaced it with half white beans plus half a head of cauliflower (roasted golden a la America's test kitchen before pureed). Beautiful, and we went back to the recipe several times looking for all the FAT that must be there, but it just wasn't there.
another home run Susan!


45 Sarah The Hipster Veg January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

WOW. You've really inspired me to try Eggplant in some new ways. I am so very fond of it, and I cook it all the time! Thanks for giving me some inspiration!


46 Elessar January 29, 2010 at 3:13 am

Eggplant/aubergine has always been on my 'hit list': yucky, and not worth the effort. Thanks to Susan I recently made one of her dishes involving egglant & another vegetable I avoid, just to show I have l'esprit de corps'. The dish wasn't bad at all, so, amazingly enough, I have decided to try to make this casserole, as eggplant/ aubergine is no longer rock bottom on my Yumm scale.Typical England though: I can't find silken tofu at my upscale supermarket, so I am going to invent using normal (and unfrozen) tofu.


47 lovemyfamily February 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

I feel bad cause everyone loved this, but I tried it out and my husband and I thought it was just 'ok'. My 2 year old hated it and said yuck after trying it. I like the idea of the dish so much and may try to go back and tweak it for our taste.


48 Jackie November 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Before I made it, I tweaked it a little bit for my taste. I added a fair amount of white wine and a vegan chicken bullion cube while sauteing the mushrooms and then added a little more white wine after I added the eggplant and chickpeas. I also omitted the paprika and cayenne pepper. For me, that made this dish ABSOLUTELY amazing. I hope that helps you!


49 Stephanie February 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I just discovered your blog =) I'm just starting to (officially) go vegetarian, and if all goes well I'll probably extend that to eating vegan. We'll see. In the meantime, I love eggplant, and cannot wait to try this dish!


50 Anonymous February 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Susan, I have recently discovered your recipes. Due to heart problems my husband and I are changing our way of eating. Must admit vegan had never appealed to us too much! However, we are enjoying your recipes so much! We have tried your sweet potato gumbo recipe and your standby lasagna which I prefer to any I've ever eaten and am now going to try the eggplant casserole. Thank you! You are a tremendous help to me.


51 Anonymous February 9, 2010 at 2:43 am

Hi. I am from Australia and have recently found your site and have so far tried a couple of recipes.. Unfortunately my partner and I found this one less than expected. It looked great and tasted nice but not as flavoursome as indicated by most of the comments. I did reduce the cayenne and used dried sage and rosemary instead of thyme. Any suggestions where I could have gone wrong.


52 VegnRN July 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

Just a tip – I increased the amount of spices the second time I made it (not quite doubled but more like one and a half times the original amounts) and found that the taste is bolder.


53 lolalafey4 February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Glad 2 c ur blog! My mouth is watering at the image of your creamy eggplant casserole. I think that you're versatility is greatly demonstrated through your creative touch. I have recently hit a wall for creative vegan cooking and I get bored sometimes with what I make. Your blog looks beautiful and I can't believe that these are fat-free dishes. We are new to the vegan blogosphere. Do you have any tips for us?


54 dteepell February 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I'm just cracking up at your "Louisiana Church Potluck Dishes" category…so Louisiana indeed! Glad to have found your blog and will be trying the Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole recipe this weekend.

Do you have a good recipe for mirliton stuffing/casserole? I'd love to try it!


55 Richard Huston March 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm

OMG you can eat southern and vegan. Thanks so much.


56 Kelly Michelle June 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I finally made this and it was so good! Looking back at the comments now though I think next time I will certainly be using the tahini instead of the cashews (maybe with a little lemon?) I have another recipe for an eggplant/chickpea dish that has tahini and lemon that is fantastic so I think that combination with the casserole aspect will be out of this world. Thanks for the delicious recipe!


57 SarahB June 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Made this tonight, exactly how the recipe was written. Out of this world delicious!


58 VegnRN July 21, 2010 at 12:50 am

SusanV – this was the first FFV recipe I tried and I am in love! I make it once a week now and am amazed how well it turns out each time. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!


59 Jeanette September 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

This sounds delicious. I love that you have chickpeas in it, and the tofu and cashews sound like they must make it creamy. Will definitely try this recipe!


60 Ms_Min November 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

This recipe is insanely good. I can’t believe something that tastes this rich is actually GOOD for me. So decadently creamy! I wouldn’t have dreamt of feeding my relatives eggplant on Christmas, but I’m thinking my non-vegan relatives might like this as a side-dish at our celebration—it does have that casserole-y thing going on–and in a good way. You hit this one out of the park!


61 Armil@Cajun food November 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

This is such an easy thing to prepare though the ingredients are numbers. For me, eggplant does not taste well but with these looks of this creamy creole eggplant casserole I donโ€™t how it will taste this time. Therefore, Iโ€™m really gonna try this one.

Wish me I can do it well and to my family whoโ€™s gonna eat this good luck! Iโ€™m just kidding though.


62 Cathie Carter December 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

Hi, I made your Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole. Thought it tasted much better on the stove in the pot before it came out of the oven. Thought cooking it in the oven ruined it for some reason.


63 vita December 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

hi susan,
any ideas on what to substitute for mushrooms?
i know dr. fuhrman says they are really good for you, but i just can’t get into mushrooms.
thanks, vita


64 SusanV December 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

You can just increase the other chopped vegetables to replace the mushrooms. The mushrooms add flavor that there’s really no replacing, but if you don’t like their flavor, I guess you don’t need to replace it. ๐Ÿ™‚


65 Azahara January 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

Delicious! Next time, though, I’ll also increase the amount of spices, since it didn’t come out as flavorsome as expected.

Oh, and I sprinkled a few sunflower seeds over the breadcrumbs, for good measure.

Thanks once again, Susan.


66 LauraP February 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I am from the midwest, and before seeing this post I had never heard of eggplant casserole. It looked interesting so I bought the ingredients, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Having never tried any non-vegan versions of this dish, I can’t comment on how it compares to the original. What I can say is this dish blew me away with its creamy, delicious flavor. I suspect it might be even better than whatever fatty, non-vegan recipe it replaces, and I plan on making this many more times! Thank you for another amazing recipe, Susan!


67 Em March 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

We had this for dinner with brown rice and spicy collard greens and it was EXCELLENT!!!!
I give it 5 *****


68 Ryan March 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Your recipes look great. Question: what is nutritional yeast? Can I find that in mainstream grocery stores? It’s not the same as yeast one can find in the baking section, is it?


69 Alex July 19, 2011 at 6:44 am

This looks AMAZING! totally in-love with Eggplant (although quite novice when it comes to cooking with it to the point i almost avoid it in fear of ruining it! ). I was just wondering why it is that the skin seems to often be removed in recipes??? (I tend to leave skin on veges as i’ve heard its where most of the nutrients, fibre and all that good stuff is)….is this not the case with eggplant? or is it removed because of bad flavour? texture? etc once roasted?

Thanks in Advance for the advice! Im super-Keen to try this one out and enjoy me some home-cooked EGGPLANTS! =D


70 SusanV July 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

Eggplant skin can be tough, so I tend to leave it on when the eggplant is in chunks or thin slices and the skin probably won’t be noticeable. But for recipes like this, where the eggplant is baked first, you want only the soft, creamy middle. When it bakes, the skin gets even tougher, so it usually isn’t used.


71 Joy July 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I’m excited to make this dish this weekend. What type of tofu do you recommend? Extra-Firm, Firm…?


72 SusanV July 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

You can use any softness of tofu as long as it’s the silken tofu in the aseptic package. I used firm.


73 HappyDane August 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

This sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try it out!


74 Laina September 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Dear Susan,

I was going to make PPK’s eggplant moussaka today, but when I saw this recipe, I decided to make this instead and can’t believe how delicious it is!!! It will be on the menu often. Especially when I have eggplant in the garden. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used the japanese eggplant. A little more work, but definitely worth it.

I really love the creaminess inside, the texture of the garbanzos and then the crunchy breadcrumbs on top.

I ate this with a salad and I’m a happy camper right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, Susan, for another super-duper delicious recipe.

I broke my camera a while back and just got a new one (nothing like yours) *smile* so I’ll be blogging about the gem of a recipe. I hope you know how much you’re appreciated!!!


75 Sรผnne January 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Thank you so much for creating this awesome recipe! It’s my favourite casserole (and I eat lots of casseroles) and therefore had to be my birthday dinner.
I can’t get over how creamy it is with such a lot of great and healthy ingredients. Sure, it’s a bit time-intense but it’s well worth the effort.

Also, it’s easy to sub ingredients: I don’t like bell peppers so I used kabocha squash instead and seeing as I don’t ever have breadcrumbs on hand I subbed – don’t knock it ’till you try it – puffed amaranth (unsweetened). Such a fun, crispy idea.

Just something random I’ve been wondering: Do you still enjoy this recipe yourself? I assume as you’re coming up with new recipes all of the time others might be left aside. Maybe you could do a post on which are your favourites from the ones you created? I hope this isn’t a stupid question/idea.


76 Christina February 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Hi Susan! This looks amazing and I cant wait to make it. I do have 2 questions. I really don’t like mushrooms and lord knows I’ve tried I just can’t seem to acquire a taste for them. Do you think the recipe would suffer without them or do you have a recommendation for some thing else in its place? If not I’ll just give the shrooms another try :-). Oh one more thing… I noticed the sodium is quite high. Where is that coming from? I don’t have issues with salt but I just try to be conscious of how much I take in daily. Love your site! It’s been a huge help to me as I’ve just recently adopted the vegan way of eating and have learned much from you!!!


77 Susan Voisin February 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Christina, I think you can just leave the mushrooms out with no problems. About the sodium, it’s mostly from the salt, but using canned chickpeas that contain salt also contributes.


78 Christina February 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Susan! Wow, that little devil (salt) really sneaks up on ya! Lol. Ok can’t wait to make this…..hopefully next week when I shop again. I will let you know how it comes out.


79 Christina February 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Susan…..I bit the bullet and made it with the mushrooms! I didnt want to change your recipe. I LOVED IT! By far my favorite! There is so much flavor packed in this and I’m all about spice….love spice. Tofu? I have never used it or at it in my life…..why? It was great!!!! I am very new to vegan diet and you have no idea how helpful yor site is! It showed me variety and flavor that I didn’t know existed on vegan. I honestly think without finding your site I would have thrown in the towel for cheese. Now that I realize creamy flavorful dishes like this can be made I a happy woman!!


80 Sarah April 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I made this for dinner last night and just ate the leftovers for dinner tonight– LOVE it! It is so good! It made way more than 6 servings for me, though! If I didn’t make it myself I would not have believed it was vegan. Thanks for another great recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚


81 Paola S January 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

It was amazing recipe!! My family loved it!!! I became vegan a moth ago, and I started searching for some websites, and I found this website. My husband and I read it and we like it. Thank you Susan for all the information that you are posting, we are getting more information and knowledge about being vegan. I made couple recipes and my little one love them. Thanks and God bless you!



82 j March 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

just made this dish tonight – without chickpeas (forgot them!) and used portobello mushroom and almond butter instead of cashews. it turned out awessome! it was so good… my boyfriend (a meat-eater) even enjoyed it! i was so shocked. i’ve never used tofu yet and was pleasantly surprised by how creamy it made the dish. thanks so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚


83 Amanda June 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

I adore this blog and I’ve been using it to plan more and more vegan meals for the family each week. So far, my husband has put up minimal fight regarding the lack of meat…until I made this. Only one of my three kids liked it and I only loved the flavor, but the texture was downright unbearable. Any suggestions to cut the sliminess? Did I cook my veggies too long? Is there another main ingredient I could use besides eggplant (which I love but I know contributed to the slimy texture)? The creaminess was awesome and I loved the smoky spicy flavors and the crunch of the chickpeas, any ideas on how to save this one for the whole family? Thank you!


84 Dana June 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm

This recipe looks so delicious! I am trying to limit my soy consumption. Can you recommend a good alternative to the tofu called for in the recipe?


85 Gerry July 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm

And if tofu is on the allergen list??? What can you substitute?
Seems like a constant problem on vegan cooking sites, sadly.
My mouth is watering, so I hope you have a solution..


86 Adlai July 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Thank you . I just made this . And it was great .


87 Mushroomaiden July 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

This recipe was scrumptous!!! Definately a favorite in my house. Easy to do and the crunchy vegs were awesome! I did use almonds instead of the cashews. And the chick peas added just enough solid bulk to each mouthful. Great recipe!!


88 Laina March 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Hi Susan,

I was thinking I might double this recipe. Would I use a 9×13 pan? How long should I bake it for?

As always, thanks for the delicious recipes!

Laina ๐Ÿ˜‹


89 Susan Voisin March 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

Hi Laina! Yes, I think 9×13 would be the best size. You may have to bake it a little longer to make sure it cooks through. Good luck!


90 Laina March 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Susan!


91 Laina April 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Hi Susan,

I just popped this deliciousness into the oven. I started eating by the spoonfuls out of the pan and had to stop myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

I doubled the recipe and it’s a good thing I used the full 9×13 pan. My eggplant was a little on the larger rather than medium size.

My kitchen smells wonderful and I can’t wait to hear the timer beep.

This is another one of those favorites of mine, but I tend to not make it as often because of the extra steps to prepare it. But it is so worth it that I’m going to remember to bake the eggplant ahead of time. The sauce and bread crumbs could be done the day before too.

Anyway, I just love your recipes and want to thank you bunches for the beautiful website, the gorgeous pictures and the better than anything scrup-diliicious mouth watering recipes.

Hope you are well and your daughter is enjoying and doing well in college!


92 Laina April 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Oh and I just pinned the recipe too! ๐Ÿ™‚


93 HH April 8, 2016 at 5:33 am

This recipe is my favorite one you have ever written, and I’ve been reading your blog for years. Even my toddler LOVED it. Thank you. Now for the obligatory comments: I used roasted garlic (had a few cloves leftover from your pasta salad recipe actually) and it was so nice I think I will roast garlic with the eggplant next time. Making it as written was perfect for a 9×9 pan but there are so few leftovers next time I will double for a 9×13! For those who have yet to make it who read comments: definitely roast the eggplant beforehand to save prep time, and be liberal with the seasonings. I rarely use full amount of salt (if any), but this needs it. Will also up the cayenne next time.
I was trying to find a list of your most popular recipes/tried and tested ones and I couldn’t find anything – did I miss it or is “family favorites” the closest I could get?


94 Angela Broyles September 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

WOW! We loved it!! … and we aren’t even vegan- yet! If I continue to find such wonderful recipes, I may become one! So glad I found your website, can’t wait to try more! Thanks


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