“briam” – oven vegetables in red sauce

ελληνικα

this is not the traditional way for ‘briam’ when you usually bake all raw ingredients together in the oven. it’s baking them apart, capture their unique taste within and in the end ‘marry’ them, bring them together… like life; when people spend some time alone and ‘bake-build’ themselves they’re getting ready to meet another ‘baked’ person and make together a lovely  full flavored combination!

 the recipe

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ingredients

for the vegetables

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 2 medium courgettes
  • 3 green peppers
  • 2 onions
  • salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. olive oil

for the sauce

  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 200gr. ready tomato sauce
  • 5tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1tsp. sugar
  • 40ml. olive oil
  • salt & black pepper

some Feta cheese to serve with!

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directions

for the vegetables

  • Cut the eggplant in round or vertical pieces 4mm thick, put some salt on them and leave them aside for 20′ to take out the extra water.
  • In the meantime cut in the same shape the courgette. Cut the onions in 2-3mm thick round pieces and the peppers in big pieces (you should be able to divide a small pepper in 4 big pieces).
  • Preheat your oven at 200 degrees C and lay some baking paper on a big baking pan.
  • When the eggplants are ready, squeeze them with your hands so that they lose all water and lay them in the pan. Lay also the rest of the vegetables, they shouldn’t touch each other! Add some salt (not in the eggplants) and a little bit of olive oil in all of them and bake on the ‘grill’ of your oven for 30′.

for the sauce

  • Wash and squeeze the fresh tomato in a blender so that you have fresh juice.
  • In a deep pan or pot warm up the olive oil.
  • Cut the garlic in fine slices and add it to the pot. Add the fresh tomato juice, the ready tomato sauce, the parsley, the sugar and salt & pepper. Mix and cook the sauce in medium fire for 20′ and remove from the fire.

 

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Getting ready

  • When both parts are ready, add the baked vegetables in the pot with the sauce and mix well watching out not to ruin the shape of the vegetables.
  • Serve with some feta cheese and…

Enjoy!

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Tip!

  • It is usual to have also potatoes in briam!
  • You can combine a small portion of briam with pasta and use it as an alternative vegetable sauce!
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