My recipe for the perfect Gemista

I have to share this recipe from my Greek friend Fros. I have to do this very soon!

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Summer’s here at last! The tomatoes are ripe and sweet, and there are ample quantities of fresh spearmint in my garden. For the Greeks, these are the perfect excuses to make Gemista (stuffed vegetables with rice) more often than any other time of year. The below recipe will show you step-by-step with my pictures, how to make this delicious traditional Greek meal.

INGREDIENTS  (serves 4-6)

6 beef tomatoes

6 green peppers

4-5 potatoes

2 medium onions

2 medium cloves of garlic

Fresh spearmint and parsley

1 cup of rice for risotto (In Greece, we use the ‘Carolina’ variety for Gemista)

Extra virgin olive oil



Wash the vegetables. Cut off their tops with a knife and keep each top near each vegetable as you place them one by one in your roasting pan. Using the special utensil (see photo), remove the flesh of the tomatoes and place it in a…

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