Although the recipe for Cretan vegetable briam has been on our site for a long time, it is quite orthodox and very simple to prepare. Meanwhile, briam is a dish that has many varieties. Depending on the region, its preparation and components differ slightly. That is why today we provide a recipe for a slightly more complex version of this delicious vegetable casserole. To do it you will need a little more ingredients, which will be laid in layers in various proportions.
In our opinion, it is important to prepare briam in a ceramic or clay vessel. However, it can not be too shallow, because the laid vegetables form a fairly high layer. In our version, vegetables are cut into slices, but they can also be cut into slightly larger pieces. However, you have to take into account that the baking time may be slightly longer.
1. Cut the eggplant into slices approximately 1 cm thick, salt and leave for 20-30 minutes.
2. Three tomatoes grate on a coarse mesh. Add water, a pinch of sugar, mix thoroughly and leave.
3. Cut the remaining vegetables: zucchini and potatoes into thicker slices or semi-clusters, the onion into slightly thinner half-slices. The remaining tomatoes also cut into thicker slices.
4. When the eggplant releases the juice, rinse it and dry it thoroughly.
5. On the bottom of a large ceramic vessel, pour half of the oil, then arrange all slices of potatoes, to which we then put half of the previously prepared slices of tomato, ½ slices of garlic and ½ onion. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper and ⅓ chopped basil.
6. Next, arrange another layer of all slices of eggplant, ¼ slices of garlic and onion. Fry the vegetables with half the remaining oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and ⅓ chopped basil.
7. At the very top, arrange all slices of zucchini, the rest of garlic, onion and sliced tomatoes. Sauté again, pepper and sprinkle with the remaining basil and pour over the remaining oil. At the end, place the vegetables so arranged with grated tomatoes.
8. Bake broil in the oven preheated to about 200 degrees C for about 75 minutes, however, depending on the thickness of the cut vegetables, this time may be slightly longer. Before removing the food from the oven, it is worth checking that all the vegetables are soft. Briam is served with pieces of delicious bread.
Although the recipe for kolokithokeftedes has been on our site for a long time, we decided to publish the second version of the recipe. Kolokithokeftedes in this way we ate recently with our Cretan friends. Pancakes prepared in this way have tasted us so much that we asked for a way of preparing :)
I have never had a good opinion about stuffed vegetables. I always associated them with a bland and not very tasty dish. Until I came across a Greek way to prepare stuffing. The proportions and its ingredients are excellent, so stuffed peppers for good has settled on our table. And the Greeks once again proved that they know how fantastic vegetables can be made. The dish needs a lot of ingredients, but the compilation tastes great, so you should not eliminate anything. If you get some stuffing, you can use it to stuff tomatoes. It will also be good, although the pepper works better due to the specific, distinctive taste. As in the case of other dishes in which feta occurs, do not use its Polish or German substitutes, because these cheeses taste completely different than the original Greek feta, which combined with a large amount of herbs clearly enliven the taste of the dish.
Zucchini in Greek cuisine is ubiquitous. Kolokithopita is in Poland a less known way to use this popular vegetable. Kolokithopita in taste is very subtle and delicate, so combining it with, for example, tzatziki sauce will cause that the garlic contained in the sauce will dominate its taste.