The name is Greek for "little shoes", which describes the eggplant halves, filled with a mixture of chopped eggplant, ground meat, sauce and seasonings, then roasted. I like to roast them covered in a Weber type grill for the smoky flavor, but they are very good done in a regular oven.
- Cut eggplants in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out flesh of eggplants using a large spoon, leaving 1/2 inch of thickness to the shells (four halves are to be stuffed, the third eggplant is for extra flesh).
- Smear four shells with olive oil and roast, flesh side down, on grill or in 400 degree F oven until lightly brown, about 10 minutes.
- While the shells roast, brown the meat in a LARGE skillet, about 10 minutes.
- Remove meat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, chop eggplant flesh coarsely and garlic finely.
- Add olive oil to the skillet and cook the chopped eggplant and garlic until the eggplant is well done and soft, about 30 minutes.
- Add all ingredients, except shells, to the skillet and cook until everything is nicely combined, about 10 minutes.
- Fill the shells with the mixture.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Roast until bubbly and brown, about 5 minutes.