Stuffed Eggplant(Aubergine) (Melitzanes Papoutsakia)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 35 mins

Mediterranean style stuffed Eggplant dish. Traditionally made with ground lamb but any ground meat can be substituted.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brown onions and meat lightly in butter, stirring constantly.
  2. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook covered for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add parsley, egg, 1/4 cup cheese and bread crumbs.
  6. On the'top' of each Eggplant, peel an inch strip from one end to the other and make an incision along strip to within an inch of each end.
  7. Place in baking dish and bake in moderate oven (about 350ºF) until soft and light brown (about 30-45 minutes).
  8. Insert knife blade into incision and stuff with meat mixture.
  9. Prepare bechamel sauce.
  10. Melt buter over low heat; add flour, salt,pepper and nutmeg; stir until well blended.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Gradually stir in milk and return to heat.
  13. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth.
  14. Add the egg and remaining cheese to the sauce.
  15. Pour about a tablespoon on top of each Eggplant.
  16. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese and dot with butter.
  17. If desired, add tomato sauce to the pan.
  18. Bake in a moderate oven for about 35 minutes.

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