BM # 76: Week 3, Day 3
Theme : Flavors of Greece
Recipe: Briam, Greek Oven roasted vegetables
I love oven roasted veggies, but the only thing I don’t like about it is the cooking time. It takes an hour at least for the veggies to be done, but then the oven does all the work and not me. So I guess its okay. Even then I don’t roast veggies as much as I would like to do. Same with bread. I would love to make more bread, if some one else can take care of the kneading :D.
Coming to the recipe here, its Greek style oven roasted vegetables, Briam. The recipe is is also from the book Cooking with Loula where the author, Alexandra Stratou, mentions that its a must to serve feta cheese with Briam. I haven’t changed anything at all from the recipe mentioned in the book except for lowering the amount of oil a little less.
This recipe is more of a vegetable medley and I am guessing you can add other veggies too as long as the taste doesn’t clash too much with what’s already in there.
Spice is coming only from pepper and chili flakes, so that needs to be adjusted according to your taste.
- 2 medium potatoes
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 green peppers
- 1 large eggplant (I had Japanese eggplants)
- one medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 bunch of parsley leaves
- Salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F.
- Wash and clean the veggies. Peel the potatoes and onions.
- Dice potatoes, peppers,tomatoes and eggplant. Slice the onions, peel the garlic and chop the parsley leaves.
- Add everything to a baking tray (9 X 13 inch pan here) and season with salt, peper and red chili flakes. Add olive oil. Mix well. Spread them out so that there isn’t too much of layering.
- Add half cup water to the vegetables and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The water should have evaporated and the liquid should be only oil.
- Serve with a block of feta cheese.
Briam is a main dish that needs to be served with feta cheese and maybe bread, but I served it as a side to my toast with my Greek style scrambled eggs, Strapatsada. It was a very simple, but a delicious meal for me.
This goes to Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.