Foodbook #909 Stuffed Vegetables - Gemista


Good morning my friends with a nice traditional Greek food. Let’s do this together



500 g baby potatoes
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil

For the vegetables
3 onions
6 tomatoes
3 green bell peppers
For the filling
4 tablespoon(s) olive oil
350 g round grain rice
400 ml water
1 vegetable bouillon cube
2 clove(s) of garlic
1 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
1 zucchini
1 carrot
1 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar
salt, generous amount
pepper, generous amount
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch mint
1/3 bunch dill

To assemble
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
200 ml water



Preheat oven to 180*C (350*F) Fan.
For the potatoes
Place a pan over high heat and let it get very hot.
Wash and scrub the baby potatoes but leave the skin on since it adds a lot of flavor.
Cut them in to wedges.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 4-5 minutes, just until golden. You don’t want to cook them through since they will cook further in the oven.
Spread them in a baking dish and set aside.
For the vegetables
Slice off the top of 3 onions.
Scoop out most of the inner layers leaving about 3-4 outer layers intact, creating a sturdy shell.
Place them in the baking dish with the baby potatoes.
Finely chop all of the inner layers you removed. Put them in a bowl and set aside until needed.
Slice off the bottom side of the tomatoes with a sharp knife, cutting about ½ - 1 mm from the edge. This way they can hold more of the filling.
Carefully scoop out the flesh, making sure you do not rip the outer shell.
Put the flesh in a separate bowl and set aside until needed.
Place the tomato shells in the baking dish stem side down, arranging them nicely in the dish.
Mash the tomato flesh in the bowl with your hands and set aside until needed.
Slice the tops off of the bell peppers, cutting about ½ - 1 mm under the stem and just a little off the bottom to help them stand better.
Remove any flesh and seeds and arrange them nicely in the baking dish among the rest of the vegetables and potatoes.
For the filling
Place a pan over high heat and add 4 tablespoons olive oil.
Add your chopped onion and sauté.
Thinly slice the garlic and add it to the pan. Sauté.
Add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Mix and sauté until the vegetables caramelize nicely.
Add a generous amount of salt and freshly ground pepper, since you will be adding the rice also and it needs a good amount of seasoning.
Add the rice and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until it turns light golden.
Sautéing the rice “seals” it, so it doesn’t let it get mushy when cooking.
Add the tomato paste and sauté.
Add the 400 ml of water and the reserved tomato flesh. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir and remove from heat. The rest of the cooking will take place in the oven.
Finely chop the parsley, dill and mint leaves and add them to the pan. Stir.
Drizzle vegetables in pan with a generous amount of olive oil, both inside and out and season with salt and pepper.
To assemble
Use a spoon to help you add the filling to the vegetables. Fill them ¾ of the way because the rice will expand while cooking.
Add any of the leftover filling over the potatoes to add even more flavor.
Add the 200 ml of water to the pan and drizzle with olive oil.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 10-20 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the stuffed vegetables are cooked and golden.
To serve, drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil, add a few mint leaves and enjoy!


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