• Cooking Time: 60
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 60


The Greek word "papoutsakia" means "little shoes" and this dish has been given that name because of the shape of the eggplants. This is a simple, nutritious dish that is really tasty!


  • 5 large round eggplants
  • For the Sauce
  • ½ kg Mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Parsley
  • 2 Onions finely sliced
  • 2 crushed Garlic cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tin chopped Tomatoes
  • For the Béchamel Sauce
  • 1 litre milk
  • ¾ teacup flour
  • 250g Butter
  • 200g grated Parmesan Cheese (2/3 for the béchamel sauce and the rest to sprinkle on top of the eggplants)


  • Preparation of the Eggplants
  • Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise and leave them in salted water for 1 hour.
  • Remove them from the water, squeeze them and then place them upside down in an oven dish with the vegetable oil.
  • Bake them in a pre-heated moderate oven for ½ hour.
  • Remove them and place them without the oil in a clean oven dish facing upwards.
  • Preparation of the Sauce
  • Fry the sliced onions lightly in a large pan.
  • Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add the mushrooms and continue stirring.
  • Add the tomatoes and the bay leaves.
  • Finally, add the chopped parsley.
  • Keep on the heat until all the liquid has been absorbed and you have a thick sauce.
  • Preparation of the Béchamel Sauce
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan gently heat the butter until it melts.
  • Add the flour and stir constantly.
  • Add half of the milk and continue stirring with a whisk.
  • When the mixture starts to thicken, add the rest of the milk, stirring all the time.
  • Once it starts to thicken, lower the temperature to the minimum, add the grated cheese and turn off the heat.
  • Place 3 tablespoonfuls of the sauce on each of the eggplants and then add 2-3 tablespoonfuls of the béchamel sauce.
  • Sprinkle the eggplants with the rest of the cheese.
  • Bake them in a pre-heated moderate oven for ½ hour or until the béchamel has turned a golden colour.

Categories: Greek  Mediterranean  Vegetarian 

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