Papoutsakia


Many tavernas and restaurants on Crete offer a dish called papoutsakia, which translates to English as ‘small shoes’. Papoutsakia is a dish made of aubergines stuffed with minced meat.

The aubergine is cut lengthwise into two pieces and fried in olive oil for a short time. At the same time the filling is also fried (the filling generally consists of minced meat, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper). Following this, the aubergine is stuffed with the filling then topped with a creamy béchamel sauce (created from milk, cheese and butter) and placed in an oven to bake for 20 minutes or so.

Papoutsakia is in the mid-range price level (€5-7) in the tavernas which offer it. Currently you can find it in around half the restaurants on the island, but it is becoming more widely available due to demand from tourists who have discovered this dish and enjoy it.

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