Melitzanes Papoutsakia (pronounced pah-pou-TSA -kya) are stuffed eggplants with meat sauce, topped with a rich bechamel sauce and then baked. The word “papoutsakia” in Greek means little shoes and probably they are named after their shape.
Baked Melitzanes Saganaki is an easy appetizer made with fried eggplants, tomato sauce and two Greek cheeses: feta and kasseri and then baked in the oven.
This Eggplant – Potato Casserole Gratin with Feta and Mozzarella was inspired by my Cypriot recipe Vazania (melitzanes) Giahni (stewed eggplants) which is a stove top stew and combined the ingredients to make this delicious eggpant casserole.
If you are visiting Nafplio (Peloponnese) and wish to learn to cook traditional Greek dishes, which includes Cypriot cuisine as well (upon request), you are at the right place. My cooking classes are generally one day courses and are tailor made, depending on the time you have available. They can range from 4 – 6 hours. …
Pastitsio nistisimo (pr. Pah-STEE-tsio Knee-STEE-see-moh) is a vegan pasta casserole dish made with tubular pasta, vegetable filling and topped with a vegan faux béchamel sauce. The same dish can be made vegetarian using the same filling but adding a real bechamel sauce on top.
Makaronia me Kima (pr. Mah-kha-RHO-niah MEH Kee-MAH), which literally means “Pasta with Ground Meat”, is a pasta dish with Spaghetti and Greek Meat Sauce, similar to Bolognese but with Greek flavours.
Vazania, as they are called in the Cypriot dialect, (in Greece they are called melitzanes), is a simple dish made withe fried eggplants and potatoes, which are cooked, together in a tomato sauce to make them “giahni” (stewed). This vegan dish, uses only a few ingredients, so it’s not only frugal but also very delicious.