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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eggplant and Bacon Burritos

This is a follow up post to the Chorizo Eggplant Tacos recipe posted earlier this month. Similar to the tacos, these burritos use fresh, organic eggplant to create a super simple, healthy dinner.

The spongy eggplant texture offers an almost mild, mushroom essence that compliments the bacon and tomatoes.

Fat and Happy burritos that are nutritious and delicious!

Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: The hominy gives these burritos a little texture. If you don't want to use it, replace with a hearty bean.

Bacon Eggplant Burritos with Fresh Salsa

4 bacon slices
1 small onion
1 large eggplant
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup Hominy  (I used canned for ease)
Fresh tomato salsa (recipe below)
Olive or corn oil
Queso Fresco
salt and pepper
Corn or flour tortillas

Peel and dice the eggplant. In a medium sized fry pan, cook the bacon to so that it's done but not too crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. If there is more than a tablespoon of grease in the pan, remove some. If your pan is dry without any bacon grease, then add a good drizzle of olive oil along with the diced onion and eggplant. Cook, tossing often, until both are tender and cooked. Add in the garlic, let that saute for a few minutes and then add in the crushed tomatoes. Cover the pan and let everything simmer for 5 minutes.

Place the eggplant mixture and the bacon in a small food processor, process a few times to blend it all together. Fill each tortilla with a spoon of the eggplant mixture, add in a spoon of hominy and a little queso fresco.

Wrap the burrito and place in shallow pan; you may need to warm the tortillas first to make them easier to wrap. Once you've made all of your burritos, place in a warm oven for about 15 minutes.

Serve with a spoon of the fresh salsa, crumbled queso fresco and a little extra crumbled bacon if desired.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

1 tomato, diced small
2 Tbls minced red onion
2 Tbls chopped parsley (or cilantro)
Juice of 1 lime

Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon over the burritos above.

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