Greek Eggplant Byzantine (Melitzanes Vizantiou)
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large eggplant (aubergine), cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) slices
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 ml) tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (250 ml) yogurt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Sprinkle the eggplant slices generously with salt and place in a
  2. colander for 15 minutes. Rinse the eggplant and pat dry. Place the
  3. eggplant slices on a greased baking sheet and brush generously with
  4. olive oil. Place under a preheated broiler and broil until lightly
  5. browned, about 5 minutes per side. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients
  6. for the sauce in an electric blender or food processor and puree until
  7. smooth. Layer half the eggplant slices in a greased baking dish and
  8. spread half the sauce over them. Repeat with the remaining eggplant
  9. and sauce and top with the grated cheese. Bake in a preheated 350F
  10. (180C) oven until bubbling and lightly browned, about 45 minutes.
  11. Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish, 2 to 3 as a main dish.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
We had this for supper last night. It is very good and I will be making it again. DH & I both enjoyed this. We've only been eating eggplant a couple of years so I'm always looking for new ways to fix them. I didn't have any yogurt so I used a combination of 1% fat cottage cheese and no fat cream cheese. I've seen recipes that say yogurt of cottage cheese. Decided I want it a bit creamier then just the cottage cheese and added the sour cream Worked great.