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Eggplant dream

melitzanes-imamEggplants are  delicious vegetables, very common on summer table.

Deep fried,  salad,stuffed,pickled ,they can take any form and fit with almost all ingredients.

One of the most tasteful ways to cook them is with a tomato and onion sauce at the oven.

Eggplant are bitter. Before start cooking them it is necessary  to slice them into thick slices and put them into salted water for at about 1 hour.

Take medium sized eggplants.

for a dish that fit 4-5 portions you will need at about 4 eggplants

600 grams onions

500 grams tomato puree

2 tablespoons sugar

olive oil

5 pieces of garlic

a lot of fresh spearmint

salt and pepper

vegetable oil for frying

300 grams crushed feta cheese

start cooking the sauce

Cut onions into thick slices and cook them slowly with olive oil  . Add garlic cut into small pieces and cook a little bit more.

Add tomato puree and a glass of water, add sugar, salt and pepper and let boil. Cook for about 15 minutes and add spearmint. sauce must not be thick

Now fry the eggplant into hot oil, after you put a lot of flour to cover them and put them again into water just before you put them to oil

By that oil cannot enter into the eggplants

Take the dish and put some of the sauce on the bottom, and put a layer of eggplants. Put some sauce and repeat.

Cover with the remaining sauce and put into the oven at 170 C

When the the sauce is thick and the liquids are gone, add feta cheese and let bake for another 5 minutes.

The result is wonderful . eggplants are extremely soft, sauce is covering them without liquids coming out of the food and the flavor is amazing

Many people which could not eat eggplant loved this dish and they still eat it.

Try it, it really worth to taste it.

Can be eaten cold as well and next day is better than before

 

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Shrimps in tomato sauce with ouzo and feta cheese

A very common way to cook shrimps is to make them ”saganaki”

Shrimp Sagnaki, flame-broiled shrimp in sauce of roasted tomato and feta.A combination of fresh tomato sauce flavored with ouzo and melted pieces of feta cheese.

For many this is a strange compination of ingredients but no matter how strange you thing it is, still it is worth to try it

Remember, this is a plate which needs a lot of bread .

First prepare the tomato sauce.

Use fresh tomatoes chopped in small pieces

In a sauce pan heat olive oil and sauté finally chopped red onion.After a while add garlic and continue cooking for one minute more.

Add the tomatoes, some fresh basil leaves and a pinch of oregano, salt and pepper and some sugar. Simmer until it thickens and keep aside

cooked-shrimpIn a frying pan heat some more olive oil and when hot add the shrimps,cleaned but with heads on.

Cook until they get red and add a shot of ouzo.FIRE

Ouzo is a very strong drink high in alcohol volume,so be careful. Now add the cooked tomato sauce and let simmer for 5-6 minutes.

Before serving add the feta cheese .feta-primary-image

 

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