Roasted Baby Eggplants with Goat Cheese Stuffing

These roasted baby eggplants with goat cheese stuffing are topped with honey, balsamic vinegar and parsley. A great party appetizer!


Can you even handle the cuteness?

I die.

Obviously, some gene went whacko in my 9 month incubation period because I look at this picture and squeal from the cuteness overload.

I look at a real baby and…nothing.

Well actually, I see plenty.

Roasted baby eggplants with goat cheese stuffing

It just so happens to be the sleepless nights, the crying, the spit up, the OMG I HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS CHILD’S EDUCATION and not the cute baby cheeks, but I digress.

Roasted baby eggplants

Before this, I have never even seen baby eggplants. Leave it to my obscure Asian grocery store though to have them.

There I am on a mission, walking straight back towards my fish guy when I get smacked with cuteness overload from the wooden crate filled with these things.

Want to know my first thought? EEEK, (I squeal in my head only, I promise I don’t actually talk like this) THESE WOULD BE SO FREAKIN CUTE FOR THE BLOG.

Yes, the thought deserved caps and yes, I’ve become that person.

Luckily, they weren’t only cute, they were out of control delicious too.

Roasted baby eggplants stuffed with goat cheese

Normally, I’m not even a huge eggplant fan. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t love it.

It’s kind of a blah vegetable unless of course it’s breaded, fried and coated in cheese and marinara sauce, then my feelings tend to change.

But by itself…boring.

Oh, but not these little mini ones! 

1. They’re the perfect size. Two bites and you’re done. No time for the weird mushiness to set in.

2. They have little stems like strawberries. Things with tiny green stems automatically win tasty points. #truth

3. Stuff anything with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts, drizzle with honey, balsamic vinegar and parsley and tell me it’s not the best thing you ever ate. I feel similarly about this lentil stuffed eggplant recipe too because of the goat cheese!

Roasted eggplants with goat cheese stuffing

This is a dish I would make in the land of make believe.

The land where I throw extravagant dinner parties on fine china and silver, dressed in some designer gown and hold real, adult conversations with good friends while sipping expensive wine.

The land where I open my personal catering business and rich clients pay me to create their meals.

The land where I spend my days seeking out farmers markets and the freshest ingredients, making whatever I’ve been inspired by that day for dinner.

Roasted stuffed baby eggplants

Instead, I made these stuffed baby eggplants in real life.

The land where no one can get together for dinner parties because there are 1 million babies involved now.

The land that when I put anything on besides sweats or workout clothes I actually feel proud of myself.

The land where every adult conversation I have somehow turns to babies, the birthing process or why we don’t want them.

The land where I still have a 9-5 “real” job that pays my mortgage.

The land where the Asian grocery store is as close as I get to a farmers market 99% of the year.

Goat cheese stuffed baby eggplants

Sometimes, it’s way more fun to live in the land of make believe.

Try more eggplant recipes like one of these:

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant
Tomato Basil Eggplant Noodles
Italian Spiced Eggplant Fries
Mediterranean Eggplant Chips

Roasted Baby Eggplants with Goat Cheese Stuffing

Roasted Baby Eggplants with Goat Cheese Stuffing

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These roasted baby eggplants with goat cheese stuffing are topped with honey, balsamic vinegar and parsley. A great party appetizer!


  • 10 baby eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • honey, for garnish
  • balsamic vinegar, for garnish
  • parsley, chopped for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray.
  2. Wash eggplants and carefully slice about 3/4 through each one lengthwise, careful not to go all the way through.
  3. Place eggplants on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt & pepper.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes at 425 then turn to broil for an additional 3-5 minutes just until skins start to wrinkle.
  5. Remove eggplants from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, combine goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes in a small bowl and mash together.
  7. Stuff each eggplant with a small amount of the goat cheese mixture.
  8. Sprinkle pine nuts on top.
  9. Finish with a drizzle of honey, balsamic vinegar and chopped parsley.


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  1. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    You’re telling me you feel nothing when you look at all the pictures of Hailey I plaster all over my blog?! ;) Haha, I love that you know what you want and don’t want. Screw people that want an ‘explanation’ from you. And the baby eggplants? They are incredibly cute! But I’m not wild about the veggie, so I can I just eat the goat cheese filling? YUUMMMmmmmm

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ok, it’s not that I feel nothing (I’m not that cold hearted!) hahaha it’s just that the negatives outweigh the positives! ;)

  2. Julie @ Table for Two

    these are too cute!! they remind me of olives (or at least they look like them when cooked and stuffed). what a great idea. so creative! i’m not a fan of eggplants though, it’s a texture thing for me..BUT you stuffed them with goat cheese, so i think i can get over that dislike and eat one or two of these..are you sharing?? :)

  3. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I generally hate eggplant but these are just so cute that I had to let you know! They’re so cute that I’d even be willing to try them. That’s big.

    And, when I see a baby, I think the same thing as you plus “that would be much cuter if it were a dog.”

  4. Amanda

    Your line about the baby eggplant butts is hilarious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a baby eggplant, but they’re awfully cute!

    I *think* I’d like to have a baby someday, but judging by how I’ve had numerous freak outs over our new puppy controlling my life, that’s a long ways off. Plus, the idea of being pregnant/giving birth still sends me into a panic. Perhaps adoption will be in my future? I don’t know.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ginger’s gonna have to cut it because I’d die of an allergy attack in about 2 minutes with either of those in my house!

  5. Rachel

    I just bought eggplant from my local asain grocery store! They’re not cute little baby eggplant but they’d do. I have goat cheese in my fridge too! I’m gonna make this for dinner tonight!

  6. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    I will never leave the land of make believe… ever!! Well, maybe briefly… just to nip into the kitchen to make these… for an imaginary dinner party, obviously! ;D They look great! I completely agree that adding goats cheese, sun dried tomatoes et al makes everything that much more delicious! :)

  7. Meredith @ DareYouTo

    SO CUTE!!! I have never seen these. Your recipe looks beautttiful. If I ever find baby eggplants, I am going to make it! (I may even settle for the same recpie with a regular boring non-cute eggplant, if I must.)

  8. liza@docrunsforhealth

    Eggplants are my favorite. In fact I cooked some yesterday. It involved garlic, cilantro, some vinegar and walnuts. Old Georgian recipe my grandfather used to cook.
    Yours look to die for! That’s what I am making next time my eggplant cravings are out of control.

  9. Deanna

    I’m a total pine nut junkie. And I loooove eggplant. For some reason stuffed peppers don’t hold much appeal for me, but stuffed eggplant? Get out of my way I have food to shovel in my face.

    And I’m super excited you’re hooked on Downton. Welcome to the club.

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  15. diana

    “Black market Asian grocery store”? Comments like this are hurtful to the Asian community. Otherwise this is a lovely recipe that work well.


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