Other ways to assure crispy and not oily eggplant is to microwave the slices or soak in milk before frying. Top with the feta cheese and bake for 45 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Top with more grated cheese. Eggplant, tomatoes, and feta cheese are three ingredients that are ubiquitous to Greek cuisine, and this dish of melitzanes me feta (eggplant with feta) brings them together beautifully. Scoop out the flesh. Melitzanes Me Feta: Baked Eggplant With Feta Cheese. Wash the eggplants and remove the stems. Fill the eggplant shells with the mince mixture and place them in a casserole dish. In this recipe, there are not any instructions for salting and rinsing the eggplant. Salting is recommended to remove the bitterness from the vegetable, which usually comes from the brown seeds in larger eggplants. Which European country will inspire your culinary journey tonight? Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaves. If you don't have or care for feta, you can use a different cheese such as mozzarella or even blue cheese. Melitzanes Papoutsakia (Μελιτζάνες παπουτσάκια) are stuffed eggplants with mince, topped with a rich sauce. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake the ‘melitzanes papoutsakia’ for 15-20 minutes, until nicely coloured. Sprinkle the eggplants with grated cheese and spoon the sauce on top of each piece. Remove the saucepan from the stove. Today, I share a family recipe, which is easy to follow. When I was younger, I thought it was extremely funny to be eating ‘little eggplant shoes’. My recommendation is to also serve it with Greek salad and some crusty bread! (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise. Not only are most varieties of eggplant free of bitterness these days, but the small ones never really needed ​salting to begin with. In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and mince, until the mince is well browned. In Greek, ‘melitzanes’ means eggplants and ‘papoutsakia’ means ‘little shoes’. https://www.themediterraneandish.com/braised-eggplant-recipe-greek-style https://www.thespruceeats.com/greek-eggplant-recipes-baked-1706405 A resident of Greece, Nancy Gaifyllia is a cook who writes about the country's regional specialties. Sprinkle eggplant shells with salt and set aside for approximately 1 hour. Add the garlic, onion, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil. Increase heat and add milk, stirring constantly, until sauce begins to boil. Melitzanes Papoutsakia- Greek stuffed Eggplant Recipe, Amigthalota- Greek Almond Biscuits Recipe, Horta Vrasta- Greek Boiled Leafy Greens Recipe, Spetsofai- Greek Sausage and Peppers Recipe, Bourekia Me Kima- Mince Filled Pastries Recipe, Sokolatopita- Greek Chocolate Cake Recipe, The Apocalypse: Xylella fastidiosa threatens global olive oil industry, Dendias: Germany contradicts itself by selling weapons to Turkey. Pour oil into a frying pan up to 1/4 inch and heat over medium heat. Reserve the flesh for filling. Add 1-2 handfuls of grated cheese and chopped parsley and stir. Lightly fry the eggplant until soft and gently browned. Serve this mouthwatering dish with Greek salad and some crusty bread. This recipe will also work with zucchini; substitute for the eggplant or do a combination of the two. Get our cookbook, free, when you sign up for our newsletter. Nathalie Tocci is in the spotlight again, but does Josep Borrell also have a clash of interest with the EU? Transfer the eggplant to a mixing bowl. Reduce heat, add wine and cook for 2 minutes. ), The Spruce Eats uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. When ready, remove the casserole dish from the oven. That being said, salting the eggplant slices will help prevent them from soaking up too much oil when frying. https://www.dianekochilas.com/skordostoumbi-zakynthos-garlicky-eggplant Layer the eggplant in the bottom of a baking dish. By using The Spruce Eats, you accept our, Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes With Parmesan Cheese, Authentic Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana Di Melanzane), Moussaka - Eggplant With Ground Beef (or Lamb) and Cheese. Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in flour and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/02/melitzanes-papoutsakia-recipe If you're concerned about soggy, greasy eggplant, sprinkle salt over the slices about an hour before frying. Enjoy. Brushing the slices with oil, instead of submerging in oil, and then placing in the frying pan will also help to deter the eggplant from acting like a sponge. Slices of eggplant are first pan-fried and then layered with a tomato-herb mixture; the dish is then topped with feta and baked until golden and bubbling. This is a perfect recipe to make toward the end of summer when the garden is bursting with tomatoes, fresh herbs, and eggplant, but if you are making this another time of year, choose bright red tomatoes such as those sold on the vine. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. It will no longer be the traditional Greek dish but it will be delicious. Eggplants are absolutely delicious and packed with vitamins like vitamin C, K and B6 and an ample amount of potassium, manganese and fibre. Add salt … Mitsotakis luring diaspora Greeks to return with generous tax breaks, Chinese researchers claim COVID-19 originated in Greece or India, grated cheese (parmesan, cheddar, graviera, halloumi, kefalotyri, etc.). Rinse the eggplant shells, pat dry and lightly fry the outside of the eggplant in a little oil. Add chopped eggplant flesh, tomatoes, parsley, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, salt, pepper and water and allow to simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. This causes the air pockets in the eggplant to collapse, eliminating spaces for the oil to collect. Serve as an appetizer, side dish, or meatless main dish. Preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C).