Briam- Baked Vegetables
One of the first recipes that I learned to cook when I came in the UK 7 years ago was briam (or else Tourlou Tourlou). That is a really well known dish in Greece and Turkey with baked vegetables. It is very tasty and healthy in the same time.
If you cook it nicely and you give it some time…the vegetables will melt and become like a cream melting to your mouth giving you a really tasty food without messing up your diet. “Tourlou tourlou” means in…greek and Turkish…mixed up. Basically that’s the basic idea of the food… a lot of vegetables mixed up and baked in the oven providing a range of colours and flavours.
Take a look in the ingredients
- 2 Aubergines sliced in big pieces
- 2 courgettes sliced in big pieces
- 1 big potato cut in various sizes
- 1 big onion finely chopped
- 1 small bunch of parsley finely chopped
- 1 small bunch of mint finely chopped
- 1 glass of olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Baking Foil
- 250 grs of Feta Cheese.
METHOD for Briam
There isnt anything easier than that. Just add all the ingredients in an oven tray and add the Olive oil, Salt and Pepper. Use your hands and make sure you stir the ingredients well. Cover the tray with the baking foil and insert it in the oven on high heat. Leave it there for 45 mins and then remove the baking foil making sure you stir the ingredients once more.
When the potatoes get soft then its ready. It is important for that reason the Aubergines/courgettes to be sliced in big pieces. Add parsley and the mint, as well as the grated feta cheese and stir so it can go everywhere.
Tips: be careful to slice the potatoes in really small cubes as they need to be cooked fast or else all the other vegetables will be cooked faster and you will end up eating them rare…
I’ve tried that from the hands of the chef himself, and I can testify that 1) I didn’t die, 2) it was delicious!