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Stuffed Eggplant

Italian-inspired, this vegetarian entree is packed with umami flavors and ancient grains.


2 Markon First Crop Eggplants, halved
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups farro, cooked
1 cup Markon First Crop Asparagus, grilled and chopped
1 cup Markon First Crop Mushrooms, grilled and chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup Markon First Crop Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup Mozzarella balls, quartered (optional: seasoned with cracked black pepper and Markon First Crop Basil)
Edible petals (optional)


Remove the majority of flesh from each eggplant half. Brush with oil and grill filling and skins; reserve skins, but chop eggplant filling into cubes.
Toss cooked faro with grilled asparagus, mushrooms, the eggplant filling, salt, and pepper. Use this mixture to fill each eggplant half. Top with quartered tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese. Garnish with edible flower petals if desired.


1 bunch Markon First Crop Asparagus, steamed

1/4 C Markon First Crop Basil

2 T Markon First Crop Chervil

2 T C Ready-Set-Serve Lemon Juice

2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

16 large shrimp, cleaned and threaded onto skewers to prevent curling

1 tsp. kosher salt

Olive oil + 2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic, for poaching

Edible petals and micro greens for garnish


Slice tips off asparagus and reserve. Add basil, chervil, one cup steamed asparagus stalks, lemon juice, zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, and oil to a food processor and blend until chunky.

Heat oil and garlic until just bubbling. Add shrimp skewers so that shrimp is fully submerged. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. When shrimp are almost cooked, add asparagus tips. Remove all with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.

To plate, arrange tips in a decorative manner. Place shrimp next to asparagus and ladle sauce on top of each one. Garnish with edible petals and micro greens.