Gemista

May 23, 2019

 

This dish of stuffed and roasted vegetables will be familiar to many of you from Greek holidays, and in our view is even better without meat. Using only rice seasoned with herbs and spices, plus a few veggies such as mushroom or peas in there as well, you can make a satisfying meal which only needs a Greek salad and some crusty bread to keep everyone happy. We’re using peppers here, but beef tomatoes work just as well. You can cook the rice with all its seasonings, but it is easier just to use some rice which you have parboiled in veg stock (it’s a great way to use up any leftover rice too).

Directions

1Heat some olive oil in a pan and sweat down the onion, garlic and courgette till softened. Add the tomatoes and the herbs, and cook for a minute or two more.

2 In the meantime cook your rice until almost done in vegetable stock, and drain. Mix the cooked rice in with the veg, and let it cool.

3Take the tops off the pepper, reserving them, and clean out the seeds and pith. Lightly oil a dish which will hold the peppers tight, then stuff the peppers generously with the rice and veg mixture and place them upright in the dish.

4Carefully pour a little veg stock into the dish, about half an inch or so, and place the reserved pepper tops on top of each. Drizzle with a little olive oil and place the dish in an oven preheated to 180 degrees.

5Bake for an hour or so, keeping an eye on the water, until the peppers are tender and the tops brown.

Ingredients

2 Green Peppers

2 Red Peppers

100g Long Grain Rice

2 cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Tomatoes, chopped

1 Courgette, cut into small dice

1tsp Wild Herb blend

1tsp Dried Mint

Handful Chopped Flatleaf Parsley

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