gemista

"Gemista" is one of the most popular Greek recipes. 

Gemista is the Greek recipe for stuffed tomatoes and other vegetables, it is one of the most popular vegetarian dishes in the summer. 

The typical gemista recipe includes stuffed tomatoes, stuffed green bell peppers and sliced potatoes. Gemista is one of the healthier Greek recipes to make at home, although it may seem a little complicated at first. 

Ingredients

6 large ripe tomatoes
4 bell peppers
4 zucchinis
potatoes
1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil for the stuffing
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
150g long grain rice
15g of parsley finely shredded,
salt and pepper
a pinch of sugar

3/4 cup (180ml) extra virgin olive oil for the baking

Method

Cut a 2cm thick slice off the top of each tomato. Do the same with peppers and zucchinis. Scoop out their pulp with a teaspoon into a bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium pan add the onion and garlic and cook over a medium heat until soft.

Add the tomato pulp to the pan, increase the heat slightly, and simmer vigorously for almost 10 minutes, stirring now and then, until the mixture is thickened. Make sure that there is some juice in the pan still.

Stir in the rice and the parsley, cover and leave to cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, until the rice is only half-cooked. Add salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar (it always blends well with frest tomatoes).

Preheat the oven to 190°C fan.

Put the hollowed out tomatoes, peppers and zucchinis into a slightly oiled baking dish and fill with the rice mixture. Replace the tops.

Cut potatoes and arrange them between the stuffed veggies and add the olive oil.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the tomatoes and veggies are tender and the rice is cooked through.