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Photo by CORINNE COOK -- Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

If you want to make something special for dinner New Year’s Eve, try Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant.

Eggplant is available year-round, but make sure you’re getting a fresh eggplant. The skin should be smooth and tight, and avoid soft ones and those with brown spots.

The ones I got last week were wrapped in tissue paper and were just being displayed.

This recipe calls for shrimp, but if you’re splurging, you can add crabmeat, too.

I parboil the eggplant halves for a little while before hollowing out the centers which will be mixed with the seasoning and seafood.