Eggplant with Shrimp & Ham Casserole

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 to 8 servings


Eggplant is one of the many vegetables the Moors introduced to Spain. This hearty and enticing dish of eggplant, shrimp, and flavorful serrano ham is from one of the finest restaurants in Murcia, Spain. Serve it as a side dish, appetizer, or light lunch entrée.


  • 1 pound eggplant, skinned, cut crosswise in 3/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour for dusting
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon MAGGI Instant Beef Flavor Bouillon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper or freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 frozen, peeled, cooked medium shrimp, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Serrano ham strips (dried, cured Spanish ham) or prosciutto
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese


GREASE 8-inch-square baking pan or broiler-proof dish.

SPRINKLE eggplant slices with salt and dust with flour. Place 3/4 cup oil in large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic cloves; fry garlic until golden. Discard garlic. Fry eggplant slices until golden; do not overcook. Drain thoroughly on paper towels. Arrange eggplant in overlapping lengthwise rows in prepared baking pan. Keep warm.

HEAT remaining 2 tablespoons oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually add evaporated milk, bouillon and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil and is smooth and thickened.

PREHEAT broiler.

TOP eggplant with shrimp and ham. Strain sauce over shrimp and ham. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden.

Great dish for family and friends

by N. N. , on Jun. 2010

This takes a little work but it is well worth the time. It is a delicious home made dinner which can easily pass for a restaurant favorite, only healthier!


by T. Terri , Shoreline, WA on Dec. 2009

This sounds great! Always looking for ways to sneak eggplant into recipes. I will make this without the ham though, want the shrimp flavor to shine.

Eggplant with Shrimp & Ham Casserole

by m. mae , Hartford, AL on Oct. 2009

Everyday it seems like its hard to think of what to prepare for lunch/dinner. I was just suprised i had every ingredients in my kitchen, a plus factor that i had my garden and this great online recipes! Perfect, excellent meal! tasty! thanks

eggplant with shrimp & ham casserole

by e. elaine , Little Falls, NJ on Aug. 2008

Delicious! Easy to make. Very satisfying. Everyone will love this dish!

eggplant with shrimp & ham casserole

by m. monika , HARTFORD, WI on Mar. 2007

Made this with my home grown eggplant for my boyfriend and he loved it. Wants me to make it again.


by R. Rene , Chapleau, ON on Nov. 2006

It seems to be very difficult to find recipes for eggplant. This one combines many ingredients to achieve a fabulous flavour. The shrimp (my favourite seafood) adds flair to the flavour and completes the all round appeal.

Eggplant with "Shirmp & Ham Casserole

by V. Victoria , Bartlesville , OK on Oct. 2006

I never thought that you can use carnation for a sauce to make eggplant that sounds real good, I usually cook eggplant with meat, tomato, cheese, and sprinkle on top pinenuts, so I'm going to try this one, except I like to drain the eggplant slices in a strainer before frying it otherwise it will retain too much oil, I will try to send you some recipes if you'd like thank you