Gemista – Stuffed tomatoes and peppers
The following is by far my favourite Greek Dish. Ok this and souvlakia which hopefully I will manage to do at some point… Well, both ways Gemista is a recipe I really like to cook and one of the most traditional Greek recipes you can find.
It takes a lot of time though and needs some preparation, so don’t start to do it if you really don’t have time.
Nevertheless if you try it once, I am sure you will try it again… Just before we go to the ingredients, a simple note, the size of the peppers and tomatoes must be more or less the same or else its possible some of them not be rightly cooked..
You need to stuff the tomatoes and the peppers with the mixture. Take a spoon and simple add the mixture inside as much as you can without “braking” the tomatoes. When you fill them, you need to close the tomatoes and peppers with the tops.
Bake it in a preheated oven for around an hour…an hour and a half.
When the vegetables become slightly blackened on the sides then it’s ready Don’t serve it immediately but let it “mellow” for some minutes. It is best done with oven baked potatoes which you can add in the same pan.
This is typically a summer food that you can have even cold. Hope you enjoy it!