Pickled Eggplants Stuffed with Garlic, Pepper, and Parsley

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By Aglaia Kremezi

Published 2014

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Eggplants, the vegetable of choice throughout the eastern Mediterranean, are not just fried and baked as appetizers and main dishes. They are also cooked into a syrup for one of Greece’s most exotic preserves. Pickled stuffed eggplants are a ubiquitous feature in the meze spread and come in many variations. I learned this southern Albanian version from Drita Aliay, my friend Ela’s mother. We prepared it together in the fall using the garden’s last eggplants. I suggested we steam, instead of