Saturday, July 20 2024

Stuffed eggplants or malangiani chini are a traditional, simple and tasty dish of Calabrian cuisine and on the tables of the inhabitants of Melissa, in the province of Crotone, they cannot be missing during a Sunday lunch or for a day of celebration.

Perfect for an appetizer or as a side dish, they can be enjoyed hot, warm or cold.

Let’s see how they prepare.






  • 4 eggplants
  • 10 oz of minced meat (I use a mix of 50% veal and 50% pork)
  • 2 tomatoes,diced
  • 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • basil to taste
  • bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • oil




First we start to wash and cut the eggplants in half, in length, extracting the pulp and putting it aside.

We put the eggplants “clean” in an ovenproof dish and in the meantime we sauté a clove of garlic.

Add half of the eggplants pulp cut into very small cubes and cook for a couple of minutes.

We remove the garlic and add the minced meat making it brown.

Now add the diced tomatoes and mix by cooking the meat for a few more minutes, seasoning it with salt and pepper.

With the flame off, add the diced mozzarella, the grated Parmesan, the chopped basil and an egg and mix everything.

We will make the eggplants with the filling obtained with the help of a spoon.

On the bottom of the baking dish, pour a cup of water and sprinkle the eggplants with the breadcrumbs.

Bake them at 350 F for about 40 minutes and once ready let them cool before serving them on the table.






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