2014-05-20

Briam - Greek style mixed Summer Vegetables






Such a simple recipe, all you have to do is mix some seasonal vegetables, make a tomato sauce and bake them alltogether. Simple but delicious, nutritious, heart lifting summer meal.
In Greek Cooking it's very important to play seasonal. I know that in the times we are living on the idea of seasonal cooking sounds utopic but there is nothing like the fresh seasonal eggplant, zucchinis, tomatoes, peaches, cherries, watermelons...
Everybody knows... my heart belongs to summer!

 Ingredients

Vegetables
2 - 3 zucchinis sliced
1 large eggplant or 4 small eggplants cut into slices
2 potatoes, cut into slices and then into pieces about the same size as the previous vegetables
2 red sweet peppers sliced
5-6 tablespoons grated kefalotyri cheese or parmesan cheese
Tomato sauce
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
Salt - pepper
1 - 2 clove garlic minced
2 ripe tomatoes grated
1 tomato cut into small pieces (you can use 5 - 6 tablespoons of canned diced tomatoes)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
a pinch of sugar


How to make

Season the eggplant and zucchini slices with salt, set aside.
Cut the potatoes and put them in a bowl filled with water.
Start the sauce, place a sauce pan over medium – high heat and when the pan is hot add the olive oil. Add the chopped onion, salt and pepper. When the onions get translucent add the garlic. Stir briefly and add the crushed tomatoes and the small pieces of tomato. Bring to a boil and add dried oregano, salt, pepper and sugar. Taste for flavor and turn down the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes and then add the parsley and mint.



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a baking pan with some oil.
Using paper towels, wipe off the salty juices from the eggplants and zucchini slices. Alternately start and lay the vegetables inside the pan, but vertically k slightly sideways adjacent to one another.
 Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake for one hour and serve with feta cheese and fresh bread.



Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. I love this dish. Sounds simple to make, but it would have great flavor.

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  2. That's a very pretty dish and the colours are gorgeous and scream of warmer weather. I would love this dish. The combination of herbs in it would be lovely xx

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  3. Looks so colourful and scrumptious!

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