Gemista (stuffed vegetables) is part of the pure and healthy Cretan and Greek traditional cuisine taking full advantage of the ingredients that mother earth had to offer and consists of baked stuffed vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchinis' or other vegetables hollowed out and baked with rice grated fresh tomatoes, onion, olive oil and herb filling.
Basic ingredients are: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchinis or other vegetables hollowed out and baked with rice grated fresh tomatoes, olive oil and herb filling.
5 large ripe tomatoes
5 medium zucchini
5 medium eggplants
1 large onion, grated
3/4 cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 ½ cups (500 grams) of long-grain or Carolina type rice
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 ½ cup of olive oil
Using an apple corer or a sharp spoon, remove the insides of the tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, peppers and potatoes, reserving only the insides of the tomatoes. Remove seeds from peppers. Grate the insides of the tomatoes and turn them to tomato juice. Cut finely the onion, parsley, dill, mint.
Prepare the stuffing: In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Grated tomato, finely cut onion, parsley, dill, mint, rice, olive oil, big pinch of salt, big pinch of pepper, the 2 teaspoons of tomato paste and the juice of a half fresh lemon. Mix until combined.
Fill the veggies with rice mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes. Uncover and bake until mixture is completely cooked and the veggies are tender, about 25 - 30 minutes longer