Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stuffed Eggplants


Stuffed Eggplants a.k.a Pappoutsakia ( translates to tiny shoes in Greek) and if your from Englang Eggplants are called Aubergines. Pappoutsakia are a popular dish all over Greece, they are served at almost every tavern and even at a fancy restaurant. 

Stuffed Egg Plants a.k.a Pappoutsakia ( tiny shoes) 

Recipe by Mommy's Kitchen
Prep time: 1:20 hr
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1:50 min
Yield: 5 -6 servings
Most of my ingredients are McCormick, I really like this brand. 


Chop your onions, tomatoes and garlic.Add them to your pot add half cup of oil, 1 teaspoon oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Saute for about 5 min.

Add your minced meat, saute for another 10 minutes, until meat is brown as shown in picture below.




Add about 4 cups of water or until meat is covered


It should be ready in 45 min. When it's halfway done add tomato paste, cinammon,nut meg ( grate the whole nutmeg about 1/3 of it) cloves, salt and pepper to taste

 *  Before you stuff them, you can either boil them for about 15 min. or you can bake them for about 20 min. This is done to to make them softer and easier to cut when serving. Most people bake them,I prefer to boil them. 

Once you scoop them out, drizzle them with salt,place them in a colander and let them drip for about 20 min. Boil or bake them, then stuff them.  If you boil them let them drip dry and then stuff them.
I had scooped these out during the summer and I placed them in the freezer.

This is how your sauce should look like when ready

Before you stuff them add salt for taste.

Leave abou 4 tablespoons of sauce on the side

Click here for instructions to make bechamel

Cover with the becahmel and bake at 350 for 30 min. or until brown.



You can serve it with sauce and parmeasean or just as is.
For your sauce add 2 cups of water, 5 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoons tomato paste, a dash of cinammon, nutmeg, oregano and two cloves, boil and let simmer for about 20 min. 



KALE OREXI !!! Another great dish from my kitchen to yours !!