Gemista is a traditional Greek dish, in Greek the word Gemista means stuffed, which is exactly what this dish is. The main vegetables in this dish are tomato, zucchini, eggplant, capsicums. Depending on how many servings or what vegetables you prefer you can modify this recipe as you like. The following recipe is for one tray of Gemista. While making this recipe it is best to use larger veggies so they are easier to stuff.
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- 3 large tomatoes.
- 4 large eggplants.
- 2 large zucchini.
- 3 Capsicums.
- 3 Potatoes.
- 1 diced onion.
- 2 cloves garlic.
- 1 cup of rice.
- 1/2 cup olive oil.
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (for colour).
- Salt & Pepper.
- Parsley, Basil and Dill
- Currents (optional)
1. Preheat oven
Set oven to 200c fan. By the time we finish hollowing out our food the oven wil be preheated.
2 .Hollowing out the vegetables
Cut the zucchinis and eggplant in half lengthways and cut the top off the capsicums and the tomatoes. Once cut, get a spoon and start to scrape out the inside of the veggies to hollow them out. Make sure to keep all the scrapes as we will use this in the filling.
3. Making the filling
After you have finished scooping out the insides of the vegetables, you need to grate them so they become fine (or you can also quickly blitz them in a food processor). In a bowl add all the grated vegetables and season with salt and pepper, grate in the onion and the garlic, add the parsley, basil, dill, tomato paste, currents and olive oil and mix well. Finally add to the mixture 1 cup of rice and cook on the stove for five minutes.
4. Stuffing the vegetables
Take the filling off the heat and put to the side. In a tray place all you vegetables down, one by one we will start to stuff the veggies. Make sure you place the veggies up right so the filling doesn’t fall out. Once all the vegetables have been stuffed, peel your potatoes and cut into wedges. Before adding the potatoes to the tray make sure to salt and pepper them (for crispier potatoes deep fry them until they are a little under half cooked).
Once the veggies have been stuffed and the potatoes have been added to your tray, drizzle oil oil and put in a preheated oven at 200c. Cook for about about an hr until the rice has cooked and the vegetables turned a nice brown.