Thursday, June 16, 2005

Yemista!! (stuffed veg) Posted by Hello

Ok this is it! One of my most beloved recipes and a crowd favourite:P Good for everyone, it's light, it's good for vegeterians, but if you're not one, you still won't miss the meat. Promise! It's that good!! The boyf adores yemista...
The version depicted above is made only with bell peppers of different colours, but the usual way to make them is with half tomatoes, half peppers. What you do is basically cut the tops off carefully with your knife, and scoop out everything with a small spoon. Very carefully! So you don't rupture the veg.. Scoop out the insides of the tomatoes in a bowl, and then chop them up by hand, in largeish pieces (this is important that the tomatoes are not too thinly chopped). If you want to use only peppers (like in the pic), you still have to chop 2-3 tomatoes. It just don't work without tomato! Next, add about a tablespoon of round grain rice (it has to be round grain!!) for each piece of vegetation you're using (5 tomatoes=5 tablespoons) and a couple of extra tablespoons of rice to that. Salt, pepper, one chopped onion, 2-3 cloves of garlic, mint (important!) and a nice amount of olive oil. Make sure the rice mix is liquid enough (it has to be quite wet, so the rice will boil nicely in the veg). Then you stuff the veg evenly, making sure not to overstuff all the way up to the top of each veg (the rice needs space to boil in). Replace the lids you cut off in the beginning, add some salt and some olive oil on top as well, and stick it in the oven for 45 mins to an hour. When the vegetables seem to have cooked on the outside, you may take it out and give it a try, to see if the rice has cooked as well. If it hasn't, back int he oven. If everything seems a tad dry, feel free to add more oil.


At Monday, June 27, 2005 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Konstantinos said...

Glad midsommar apo enan sunadelfo "metanasti"! Thanx for the recipe, I was longing for some greek food! Vlepeis apo mageiriki de skampazo kai polla... ; )

At Monday, June 27, 2005 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Katerina said...

Glad midsommar! Hope you had a good one! :D


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