A recipe from @cucina_victoria
Victoria from @cucina_victoria has generously shared a beautiful variation of Papoutstakia – Stuffed Eggplants! Papoutsakia means “little shoes” in Greeks and these little shoes are filled with lots of deliciousness before being sprinkled with feta and baked.
Victoria is Melbourne born, with Greek heritage, and currently living on the island of San Pietro, off the coast of Sardegna, Italy, with her husband, whose paternal heritage is Italian. Victoria draws on her Greek culinary heritage and her Italian location to create beautiful Mediterranean fare – so please follow her.
Photos and recipe by Victoria Sifredi
Victoria’s Papoutsakia - Greek Stuffed Eggplant with Feta Recipe
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 4 eggplants cut in half, scored and salted
- 1-2 sprigs rosemary (stalk removed), 1⁄2 added to pan with eggplants when bakinginitially, 1⁄2 chopped and added to filling
- 2 medium white onions, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 450 g mince of your choice
- Salt, pepper, freshly ground nutmeg to taste
- 3 carrots, coarsely grated
- ¼ cup white wine
- 7 cherry tomatoes, diced
- 250 g canned peeled tomatoes
- 6-8 Mint leaves
- 200 g feta cheese
Preparing the Papoutsakia
Cut eggplants in half, then score and salt them – leave them to rest for 30 minutes, before squeezing out the bitter juices
Heat frypan on medium and add EVOO and fresh rosemary sprigs
Add the eggplants and cook them on each side for about 7 minutes, until almost cooked through
Transfer eggplants to a baking tray and leave them to rest
Add onions, garlic and more rosemary to the frypan
Sauté for about 4 minutes on medium/medium-high heat.
Add the mince, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook the mince through
Add the carrots, white wine, cherry tomatoes, canned tomatoes, more seasoning if required and cook for about 10 minutes
Lightly press down the eggplant centres and spoon the filling in
Crumble feta over the filled eggplants and drizzle with EVOO
Bake in a preheated oven at180°C for 40 minutes
Serving the papoutsakia
Serve the papoutsakia with freshly sprinkled parsley.