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Gemista Me Kima: Greek Meat Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers

Every recipe is like a journey! It brings back memories and emotions. Just like Greek gemista me kima which always brings summer memories. After all, what is summer without Gemista me kima? Gemista me kima literally means ‘stuffed with ground beef’! You can try this flavorsome recipe with any vegetable that you can stuff. Tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini or even potatoes. As olive oil is one of the basic ingredients, this Greek food falls under the ladera dishes.

This meat stuffed tomatoes and peppers dish is a popular summer traditional Greek food! Gemista or yemista (γεμιστά in Greek) is baked stuffed vegetables hollowed out and baked with a rice, aromatic herb and minced meat filling.

Now that summer is here, this is the right time to learn how to make gemista. To create this heavenly mouthwatering dish, you need tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, ground beef, rice, onions, parsley, Greek olive oil, mint, breadcrumbs, and potatoes.

Full of beautiful summer vegetable colors, this authentic Greek gemista me kima recipe takes around one hour and a half to prepare and one hour to cook. As your family will ask for more than just one plate, be aware as this recipe serves 6 to 8 persons!

Time to bring summer to our table (and our always to our heart)!

Gemista me kima

Gemista Me Kima – Ingredients

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 6 green  peppers
  • 2-3 eggplants
  • 1 k of ground beef
  • ½ teacup of rice
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • A bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • A bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 potatoes, cut into wedges

Gemista Me Kima – Instructions

  1. Start making gemista me kima by washing well the vegetables under fresh water. Cut off tomatoes’ tops and retain them. Scoop out the flesh from the tomatoes.
  2. Cut off peppers’ tops and retain them. Carefully, remove the seeds and membrane from the peppers.
  3. Do the same with the eggplants and keep their flesh.
  4. Add the vegetables’ flesh to a mixer bowl and mix well.
  5. Take a pot. Add some oil. When oil is lightly boiled, add onions. Saute them.
  6. Add the ground beef and saute by stirring with a wooden spoon.
  7. Once ground beef changes its color, add the vegetable mix.
  8. Add the rice, salt, and pepper and allow simmering until rice is ready. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. You may need to add some hot water.
  9. When ready, remove from heat and add the parsley and the mint. Mix well and allow cooling down.
  10. Take a large baking pan and place the vegetables. Fill them with the mixture and place their tops.
  11. Place the potatoes between the stuffed vegetables.
  12. Add some water and olive oil.
  13. Sprinkle them with the breadcrumbs.
  14. Place pan into the oven and cook at 356°F for around one hour until almost all liquids are evaporated.
  15. Serve

Hope you enjoy gemista me kima. Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes!

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