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Eggplant and Seafood au Gratin

Every Day's a Party:
Louisiana Recipes for
Celebrating with Family and Friends

by Emeril Lagasse with Marcelle Bienvenu
and Felicia Willett
1999, William Morrow and Company, Inc.

"At festivals in Lafayette, the cooks go all out. I‘m always amazed
at what they can produce in booths set up on the streets or in
parks, where they have to bring cooktops, butane burners, grills,
and warmers to keep their food fresh and hot. The food is served
on small disposable plates and everyone passes their selections
around for the festival goers to taste. This is one that I
especially like."

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 medium-size eggplant (about 12 ounces),
peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup bleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 pound medium-size shrimp,
peeled and deveined
1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
for shells and cartilage
1 dozen freshly shucked oysters, with their liquor
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions or
scallions (green part only)

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high
heat. Add the eggplant, onions, salt, and cayenne and cook, stirring,
until the vegetables are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the flour and cook, stirring,
for 3 minutes. Stream in the milk, stirring constantly, and cook until the
mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the shrimp. Simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the crabmeat, oysters, cheese, and green
onions and stir gently to mix. Serve hot.

Makes about 8 servings


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