Briam is one of the most famous dishes of Greek cuisine. Depending on the region of Greece, this vegetable casserole consisting of zucchini, potatoes and eggplant has many variants. Even on our site there are two recipes for its preparation. Today we will add another one that definitely surprised us. We ate briam prepared this way in Paleochora in one of our favorite family traditional taverns this year. What makes this briam different from other recipes is the fact that there are no eggplants in the composition. This slight difference affects the taste. In this case the saying that less is more works ;-) So far this recipe has become our favorite.
Compared to other versions, this is probably the simplest version to prepare, which does not mean, however, that it is less time consuming. Unfortunately, this dish is not light because briam must spend enough time in the oven. We highly recommend trying this recipe.
1. Cut zucchini and peeled potatoes into thin slices. We rub the tomatoes on a grater with thick eyes, rejecting the skin.
2. Transfer zucchini and potatoes into a deep and large ovenproof dish or deep pan. Salt with sea salt, sprinkle with oregano and pour olive oil generously. Mix everything thoroughly, add crumbled feta cheese and mix again. Finally, pour the evenly grated tomatoes over the vegetables and finally some more oil.
3. Briam bake uncovered at 150 degrees for about 2 hours. If you notice that the vegetables are starting to roast too much during baking, you can lower the temperature slightly.
Recently, we managed to buy an okra, which in Crete is a very popular and cheap vegetable. In Poland, in a fresh form, we met her for the first time and unfortunately her price was much higher than the one we pay in Greece. Ok, this time we cooked in the oven with a large amount of olive oil and tomato sauce. We put a recipe in case someone from you also bought an okra and did not know what to do with it ;-)
Baked lightly crunchy potatoes are very popular in Greek houses. It is an excellent addition to various dishes of meat or fish. For their preparation we need three basic ingredients that are added to most Greek dishes: olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Slowly baked potatoes absorb a lemon aroma that is slightly palpable while eating.
Vegetable pancakes are a specialty of Greek cuisine. The multitude of vegetables available at any time of the year provokes even the ingenious use of them. Tomatokeftedes, or tomato pies, is the recipe that proves this theory. This dish is popular on the Cyclades and in the traditional cuisine of Syros, Andros, Tinos or Santorini. The most characteristic taste of tomatokeftedes is reached by the inhabitants of the latter island due to the specific taste of small tomatoes growing there.