Greek Cooking Challenge
GEMISTA STUFFED TOMATOES
This month we are making Gemista which is also known as stuffed tomatoes. You can use this recipe to make stuffed eggplant, stuffed zucchini or stuffed any kind of vegetable you like.
What I love about this dish is that it is that Gemista can be stuffed with your favourite meats or adapted to be a tasty vegetarian or vegan meal. It can also be cooked completely gluten free and is sometimes considered paleo.
The Gemista recipe I have chosen for this month is written by Panos from the blog Cook Me Greek. Panos cooks with his mother in their family taverna in Greece and writes about his family recipes and cooking tips.
Step 1: Recipe
GEMISTA: STUFFED TOMATOES
AUTHOR: COOK ME GREEK
- 8 medium sized ripe tomatoes
- 150gr round grain rice or rice for risotto
- 1 small zucchini grated
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 5-6 mint leaves finely chopped
- 1 cup olive oil (200gr)
- 1 medium onion chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 medium size potatoes, peeled and cut length-wise into thick wedges
- 100gr water
1. Slice off the round top of each tomato and set aside. Hollow them out with an ice cream scoop or with a tea spoon, being careful to leave a wall thick enough to support the filling. Keep the tomato pulp for the filling.
2. Arrange the hollowed tomatoes in a baking pan, one close to the other, without leaving much space between them. Set them aside.
3. In a sauce pan, over medium heat, add half of the olive oil and cook the onion, stirring occasionally until softened.
4. Add the zucchini, tomato pulp, mint, parsley and finally the rice.
5. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 min.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Let the stuffing cool for 10 mins.
8. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
9. Fill the hollowed tomatoes with the stuffing, leaving a little space for the rice to expand. Put the tops back on the tomatoes.
10. Fill the gaps between the tomatoes with the potato chunks, add the water, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and bake for about one hour.
11. Serve preferably at room temperature.
I really like Panos’ recipe as it is simple and traditional however you are more than welcome to use your own recipe for the Greek Cooking Challenge.
If you need a bit of inspiration or if you would like to discover gluten free or vegan options then please take a look at our Pinterest board.
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