Papoutsakia – Meat Free Monday -Baked Aubergine

Vegetarian Papoutsakia is simply Baked Aubergine stuffed with onion, pepppers, Courgettes in a delicious cinnamon spiced tomato sauce, topped with cheese,  Papoutsakia Roughly translates as ‘Little Shoes’ you can see why 🤣 When foods this good who needs meat.

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I start by peeling and dicing a medium onion, 2 fat garlic cloves, and gently frying in a little olive oil, salt and pepper,

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as they start to soften, add a chopped medium bell pepper, I am using yellow as that’s what I have it, but whatever you have got. I finely dice a medium Courgette and add to the pot.

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When these have cooked down a little, add a good squirt of tomato purée, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, the same of cumin and dried oregano, stir through.

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Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a splash of balsamic vinegar, stir through, cook till thick and unctuous.

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Whilst the sauce is reducing, cut an Aubergine in half lengthways, score the white flesh and drizzle with olive oil, season well.

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Pop these into an ovenproof tray and into a hot oven (200) for 20-30 minutes till soft but still holding their shape.

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Add the tomato mix to the sunken flesh of the Aubergine (use a spoon to press down if not sunken) top with torn Mozzarella and Parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil a sprinkle of Oregano and back into the oven for another 10 minutes till soft, golden and bubbling.

IMG_4581Serve with a side salad and a large glass of chilled wine 😉

 

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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