Monday, August 27, 2012

Gemista (Stuffed Vegetables) with rice and ground meat

Hi there! Its been a while since my last post here. Last 6 months have been really demanding and left me with no time for cooking and blogging. Seems like things calming down and I finally can back to what I love so much... being in the kitchen! 
Gemista (literally means filled, stuffed) is a dish that s very common in Greece, especially in summer, when peppers and tomatoes are in their pick. The stuffing contains almost always rice combined either with groung meat or just herbs. 
Ingredients (for 10 vegetables)
Peppers and tomatoes for stuffing
300 gr. minced meat
10 tbsp rice (1 for each vegetable)
1 onion, chopped
1 handful chopped parsley
3 tbsp tomato sause
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt
olive oil
1 large potato, cut into slices 
How to Make
In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the onion. Let it soften and add the minced meat. Mix and stir continuously until the mince gets whitened and disolved. Add the sauce, parsley and spices and cover with water. Let it boil for about half an hour.
Now, its time to empty the vegetables. Wash them well, empty them and sprinkle a little salt inside.
Then, add the rice and 1.5 glass of boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes until rice is tender, stirring intermediary and continuously to prevent sticking. Add a little more water if needed. Once the rice is ready, cover with a clean towel and the lid, remove from the heat and set aside for another 10 minutes.
Fill the vegetables with the stuffing and put them in a pan close one to another. Put the potato cuts where there are gaps, sprinkle with little salt, olive oil and 1 cup of water and cook in the oven at 200C for about an hour. At half time, use 2 spoons to turn the peppers around so that they can be cooked evenly both sides.
In Greek here.
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