While sitting in the taverna in the South of Crete, watching tourists splishing splashing in the crystal clear sea, I ordered.
I ordered like a Greek.. a little bit more than we could eat.
So we enjoyed stuffed tomatoes for the next morning, but it got to me what I shall cook for this summer hot days!
Looks sophisitcated, somehow complex, but it is soooo simple, easy and not too expensive to prepare.
Gemista are Greek stuffed vegetables. Perfect summer dish and so light if no mince meat is added.
Not making a lot of fuss about it, just stuff some tomatoes and peppers (Greek jogurt on the side may be your choice as well!):
1. Clean both tomatoes and peppers and empty them (tomatoes have to keep a fat wall so they do not break apart while cooking)
2. Mix some rice (a cup like for Greek coffee for each vegetable) with spearmint, pepper, salt, a drop of olive oil, lemon juice (fresh one), tomatoes insides (you can add canned ones as well for more flavor), a cube of chicken or vegetable broth. Cook, just a little bit, the whole mix so the ingredients get together.
3. Place empty vegetables in the pot polished with some olive oil. Cover with a lid and for approximately one hour bake in the temperature of 180 C.
4. If you prepared more than necessary rice mix, just sprinkle it around stuffed vegetables. Later, it can serve as an addition to some meat dish.
Enjoy and cook again...I will.
You do not have to warm it up!