In Greek: γεμιστά με αμυγδαλώψηχα, pronounced yeh-mee-STAH meh ah-meegh-thah-LOHP-see-hah
This recipe for Stuffed Vegetables (yemista) uses crushed roasted almonds in the filling, which give a wonderful flavor to the vegetables – and a wonderful aroma while cooking!
Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- 2 large green bell peppers
- 5 medium zucchini + 1 small zucchini
- 3 medium eggplant
- 1 large potato
- 5 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of crushed roasted salt-free almonds
- 2 cups + 1 tablespoons of long-grain rice
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of water
Wash all vegetables well, and peel the potato.
Trim & Scoop Out Vegetables:
Use a large bowl to hold the vegetable pulp.
- Tomatoes: Cut a cap off the top of tomatoes. Using a teaspoon, scoop out tomato pulp and put in a bowl. Set tomatoes and caps aside.
- Bell peppers: Cut a cap off the top of the peppers, scoop out seeds, and rinse well. Set peppers and caps aside.
- Potato: cut a thick slice off the potato lengthwise. Scoop out interior of potato and put in the bowl with the other vegetables, leaving a 1/8 inch shell. Set potato and top aside.
- Eggplants: cut off the top with stem. Using a spoon, scoop out eggplant pulp and add to bowl with other vegetables. Set eggplants and tops aside.
- Zucchini: trim tops of the 5 large zucchini, and using a spoon handle, scoop out zucchini pulp and add to bowl. Set zucchini and tops aside. Cut the small zucchini into 8 slices and set aside.
Make the Stuffing
Using a vegetable grater (or the large grate on a cheese grater), grate all the pulp that was scooped out from the vegetables, as well as the tops of the zucchini and eggplant, and place in a large bowl.
Wash the rice, and add to the bowl. Add grated onion, parsley, salt, pepper, 1 cup of chopped almonds, and all but 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well. The stuffing mix will be soupy.
Stuff the Vegetables
Using a teaspoon, fill the vegetables to within 1/2 inch of the top. The rice will expand when cooked so take care not to overfill. Place caps on top, using the extra zucchini slices for the eggplant and zucchini.
Place the vegetables in a 14 x 11 inch (or equivalent) baking or roasting pan. The tomatoes should be placed upright, and the other vegetables should be placed on their sides. They should fit snugly in the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds.
There will be a little oil left in the bottom of the bowl. Add 1/2 cup of water and pour the mixture into the pan with the vegetables. Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining olive oil (2 tablespoons).
Place vegetables in a cold oven and heat to 480F (250C). When the liquid comes to a full boil (about 10-15 minutes), reduce heat to 355F (180C) and cook for one hour.
- If the tops of the tomatoes brown too quickly, cover with a piece of foil.
- Allow the vegetables to sit for 20 minutes before serving. Stuffed vegetables are served warm or at room temperature and are excellent the second day. Yield: serves 4-6