Melitzanes Papoutsakia (Little Shoes) – Stuffed Eggplants Recipe

Posted in on the 15th January, 2013


  • 4 lbs big ripe eggplants
  • 1 lb minced beef
  • 7 tbs grated cheese
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup of wine
  • 2-3 tbs butter
  • 1 can tomatoes or 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • oil for frying
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 tbs flour
  • 1 1/3 cup hot milk

Melitzanes Papoutsakia (in Greek means “little shoes”), is a popular Greek traditional dish of eggplant halves stuffed with a minced beef mixture, topped with a béchamel sauce.

Greek Melitzanes Papoutsakia Recipe Directions:

  • In a big skillet place the butter and as soon it is warm add the chopped onions and saute
  • Add the meat and 2 -3 tbs of water and stir with spoon, until brown
  • Add wine, tomatoes and their juices,chopped parsley, salt and pepper, some water and let simmer until juices completely absorbed
  • Turn off heat
  • Take each eggplant and cut off ends and then slice it in half vertically
  • Salt them and leave for 5 min
  • Rince eggplants well and strain
  • Strain then from excess water
  • In a big skillet heat the oil and fry the eggplants until golden and soft
  • Place them in a baking pan with cut side up and press the flesh down with spoon
  • Place the stuffing on top of each eggplant with the spoon
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Add flour and continuously whisk the mixture being careful not allow to brown
  • Add hot milk and whisk until bubbly
  • Add salt and take it away from heat
  • Add cheese and egg yolks, remove from heat stirring at all times
  • With a spoon place the sauce on each eggplant until no stuffing is showing
  • For a decorative touch you can add sauce in a pastry bag
  • Sprinkle with cheese
  • Put “little shoes” in the oven over medium heat until sauce turns golden



  1. sheikh moin - March 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Very nice

  2. eleni - June 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Instead of frying the egplants, you can put them in the oven as well!

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