On Crete, this pilaf is often made with xynohondros, or cracked wheat simmered in soured goat's milk. A sprinkling of feta pays homage to that flavor.

Aglaia Kremezi
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020


Recipe Summary

35 mins
50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Toss eggplant with 3 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Spread on the prepared pan. Roast until golden, 15 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toast bulgur in a large saucepan over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 cup oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Increase heat to medium-high and add bell pepper and the bulgur. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is softened, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add water, Aleppo (or crushed red pepper) and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the bulgur is tender, 10 to 12 minutes more.

  • Remove from heat and stir in the eggplant, 1/2 cup feta and all but 1 tablespoon mint. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Serve topped with the remaining 1/2 cup feta and 1 tablespoon mint.


Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

493 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 41.7g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 9.2g 37% DV; sugars 8.5g; fat 31.9g 49% DV; saturated fat 7.5g 38% DV; cholesterol 22.3mg 7% DV; vitamin a iu 1317IU 26% DV; vitamin c 40mg 67% DV; folate 66.2mcg 17% DV; calcium 182mg 18% DV; iron 2.6mg 14% DV; magnesium 96.8mg 35% DV; potassium 702.5mg 20% DV; sodium 432mg 17% DV.