This is a typical Aegean dish that you can find on both Turkish and Greek sides of the Aegean Sea. As much as the dish itself, I love its pronunciation: pa-bu-ja-ki. Given the suffix -aki the name sounds definitely Greek, however “papuc” or “papuç” is a Persian word “paposh” (پاپٯش) that is used in Turkish and means shoe or slipper. So maybe these little shoes are not “typical”Aegean after all, who knows?
4 small(er) eggplants, Italian eggplants are perfect for papucaki
2-3 green peppers or 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
3-4 green onions, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, diced or grated
juice of 1/2 lemon
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup grated mozzarella or feta cheese
4 bay leaves
salt and pepper
-Place eggplants on a baking sheet, poke holes in them and roast in the panggangan at 400F until they collapse and the flesh is all the way soft, 40-45 minutes.
-Once they cool down, cut a rectangle piece on top as in the picture and scoop out the flesh.
-Dice the roasted eggplant flesh and mix them with lemon juice in a bowl.
-In a pan heat olive oil and add onion and peppers. Stir until soft.
-Add diced eggplant flesh and cook for 2 minutes.
-Add tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves and cook until tomato juice cooks off.
-Beat eggs in a bowl and stir them in the tomato mix and stuff the eggplants with this. [I usually skip egg part]
-Cover the tops with grated cheese.
-Place stuffed eggplants in an panggangan dish and bake in a preheated panggangan at 400F for 15-20 minutes.