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.


  1. Heyyyy ! How are you ?! Glad that you're back ! :D

    I miss your Greek cooking ! :D I guess this delicious Gemista will satisfy me , for now ..... ;D

    1. I m just fine, thank u! Hope to be back for good!!!

  2. I love stuffed vegetables. This recipe looks simple and easy to follow. Yum, I will give this a try for sure!

  3. Very healthy combo of stuffed vegetable. Very healthy and yummy gourment recipes.

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  4. Gemista is a staple in our house. I love both versions but during summer I make the lighter one without the meat. Yours look delicious!

  5. It is defintely that time of year to stuff some vegetables. I have plenty of courgettes turned into marrows that need stuffing and it's on the menu for tonight.
    Your recipe sounds delish and beautiful.

  6. I love stuffed veggies.. especially how inviting they look on a plate.

  7. This is a great idea stuffing veges with rice! Looks so delicious a healthy! YUM!

  8. Glad to see you back in action! This is a brilliant 1 "tray" dish!

  9. This looks delicious! I love it, stuffed with rice, looks very flavourful!

  10. They look beautiful! Very similar to the ones I make. Polu wpaia

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