Eggplant Potato Phyllo Pie

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Phyllo pies can be fairly easy to make, but also a nice way to use up all your garden vegetables.  My plants are overflowing this time of year with eggplant and this is the perfect dish for that. This recipe feeds many, with my busy schedule this week it’s perfect for any drop -by guests or for snacking. Adding cooked potato slices makes this meal a little  more hearty, for your big eaters. Plan an afternoon to assemble this pie, because it has many parts that need to be assembled – but it’s worth all your effort. I suggest you make the tomato sauce the night before if you can. The white sauce called Bechamel can be made in advance but must be reheated very slowly in a double boiler.  For a large crowd I suggest you make it the day before and reheat it in the oven just before guests arrive. Don’t forget to buy your phyllo dough several days in advance and defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.

Eggplant Potato Phyllo Pie
 
Using eggplant to create this dish will give you a healthful and satisfying meal.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • salt for eggplant
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 medium size potatoes, peeled and cooked (optional)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup minced green peppers
  • 3 tablespoons butter, and 1 cup for phyllo
  • 1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • salt an pepper to taste
  • 1 pound feta cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound phyllo - defrosted
Bechamel Sauce - Makes 1 cup
  • ¼ stick butter
  • 2½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • ½ egg, slightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice eggplant into ¼ inch slices and sprinkle with salt and place in colander to drain for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse and place on paper towels and pat dry.
  3. Preheat broiler.
  4. Brush slices with olive oil and place on a greased sheet pan. Broil until lightly browned on both sides.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. In a large saucepan add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and saute onions, peppers until soft. Set aside.
  7. Add tomatoes,salt and pepper and simmer for 25 minutes. Set aside.
  8. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes and boil until almost cooked. Cool and slice into ¼ inch slices.Set aside.
Prepare Bechamel Sauce below.
  1. Once the sauce is cooled, add half of the feta and 4 beaten eggs to the sauce and stir until combined.
Assembly:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x12 casserole pan.
  3. Layer ½ pound phyllo sheets, brushing with butter after each layer in the pan.
  4. Add the cooked potatoes (optional) over the phyllo.
  5. Add half of the eggplant slices.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining feta and half of the Bechamel sauce.
  7. Spread half of the tomato sauce on top.
  8. Repeat with a layer of the remaining eggplant.
  9. Top with the Bechamel sauce and the remaining tomato sauce.
  10. Fold down the sides of the phyllo over the filling and butter.
  11. Repeat with the remaining phyllo, buttering each layer.
  12. Roll down the extra phyllo sheet around the edge or trim with a knife. (3x4 yields 12 servings)
  13. Score the top of the phyllo with a sharp knife into serving pieces.
  14. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown.
  15. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Bechamel Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Slowly add flour whisking constantly until blended.Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add hot milk slowly until well incorporated with flour mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and add eggs, salt and pepper.
  5. Whisk to blend.
  6. Sauce can be refrigerated for 1 day. Reheat on low in a double boiler.

 

Butter top layer and score the phyllo for your needs. I cut mine 3×4 for 12 dinner size portions.IMG_8913Enjoy with or without potaoes. You can add zuchinni or your choice of vegetables.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura @ Family Spice

I’ve got about a dozen Japanese eggplants in my fridge right now, but I’d rather just come to your house for a slice! Yummy eggplant!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thanks, I wish you were my neighbor! Make an easy stir fry with all your eggplant and serve it over rice or a grain!

3 Mindy Howell

This looks delicious ! I have some eggplant I need to use up in my fridge now….hmmmmm 🙂

Thanks for sharing! I found you on the Meatless Monday blog hop.

Mindy
It All Begins with Dirt

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Mindy,
This does take some time so start making the sauces ahead of time…but so worth it!

5 Jodi

Do you put 5 eggs in the Bechamel? I see 4 listed in the pie section of the recipe…and 1 listed in the sauce section. Thanks!

6 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Jodi, So sorry to respond late, but just 1/2 egg for the sauce!

7 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Jodi,
I made the recipe a bit clearer for you and my readers.
Add 1/2 egg is added to the 1 cup bechamel sauce.
After it cools, add the additional 4 whole eggs and 1/2 the feta, to make a thicker sauce.

8 michele

what temp do we put the oven at? thanks

9 Mary Papoulias-Platis

So sorry for the deletion of the oven temperature. I bake most of my casseroles, and phyllo pies at 350 degrees.
I corrected the recipe, thank you for pointing it out to me.

10 Mary

Wish I found you before I cooked tonight, as it’s for my husband’s birthday, he’ll say it tastes good either way, now that I’ve got you, should be much better, thanks

11 Mary Papoulias-Platis

This is a very easy recipe can be made ahead and baked later!

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