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Gemista! A spectacular Greek style risotto!

Gemista are vegetables usually tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and eggplant filled with rice (sometimes with ground meat) and baked in the oven!


To make this easy recipe for gemista, pick your favorite vegetables and follow the instruction bellow!

Ingredients: (for five persons)
7 tomatoes (600g)
3 red peppers horn shaped (200g)
1 eggplant (200g)
1 potato (200g)
1 onion (160g)
Rice (250g)
Extra virgin olive oil (250-300mL)
Dill (100g)
Parsley (100g)
Salt 1 table spoon
Black pepper ½ tea spoon
Oregano ½ table spoon
Water ½ glass
Cooking time: 45 min – 60 min.
Temperature: 200 Celsius

Wash carefully all veggies. Cut off their top not very deep but neither too shallow, just enough to remain and to use later as cap.Keep the tops.

With a spoon or another kitchen tool remove the flesh from the vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, and red peppers) , not the potato. Keep the flesh of tomato.

Dispose that of eggplant and peppers. Be careful to leave enough flesh and skin for a firm and stable shell to be filled with rice. Wash your rice and add it in a bowl.

Chop the removed tomato flesh in small pieces and add them to the bowl. Optionally you can chop a medium carrot and add it to the mixture, or you can skip that. After adding the chopped tomato, add the salt, the black pepper, parsley, dill, the ¾ of the olive oil, the oregano and chop also the onion and add it. Then mix thoroughly.

Take a medium-large baking pan with walls high enough for the fluids that will be added. Place the empty vegetables in the pan, salt them, and carefully fill them, but not to the top, about a little bit more than the half way. Place the caps then, the potato sliced, and add the water.

At the end, rinse with the remaining olive oil on top the whole pan. Its ready to cook. Preheat the oven and place the food for 45mins to an hour at 200 celsius. For the first 30 mins put aluminium foil and cover the pan. After remove it and leave it for the remaining time uncovered. Take them out and leave it for 10 mins to cool off. Now its ready to serve. Your serving should be accompanied by either Feta cheese or Greek yoghurt.

Bon Appétit!

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Τι είναι;

Είναι πολυετές, ποώδες, αρωματικό φυτό που φυτρώνει σε ορεινά και υγρά μέρη και φτάνει έως και τα 70εκ. ύψος. Μοιάζει πολύ με την μέντα, από την οποία διαφέρει στο χρώμα του βλαστού, που στον δυόσμο είναι πράσινος σε αντίθεση με αυτό της μέντας που είναι ιώδες.


Τα φύλλα του έχουν έντονο πράσινο χρώμα. Τα άνθη του είναι μικρά ρόδινα ή μωβ ανοιχτό. Η άνθιση έρχεται Ιούνιο με Αύγουστο και μαζεύετε την ίδια περίοδο και θεωρείτεαι ένα από τα σπουδαιότερα βότανα.

Η καλλιέργεια του

Χρειάζεται αρκετή υγρασία και καλλιεργείται σε γλάστρες, ενώ πολλαπλασιάζεται με παραφυάδες ή μοσχεύματα. Υπάρχει παντού σαν καλλιεργούμενο και μπορούμε να τον έχουμε πάντα φρέσκο σε μια γλάστρα ή να τον ξεράνουμε και να τον φυλάξουμε σε ένα βάζο.


Ο δυόσμος είναι ένα από τα πιο δημοφιλή αρωματικά φυτά της λεκάνης της Μεσογείου. Ήταν ένα φυτό που ήρθε στην Ευρώπη από την Ανατολή.

Χρησιμοποιείται στη μαγειρική σε φαγητά και σαλάτες, στη ζαχαροπλαστική, δίνει άρωμα σε δροσιστικά ποτά και έχει πολλές φαρμακευτικές ιδιότητες. Ο δυόσμος χρησιμοποιείται επίσης στη σαπωνοποιία και την αρωματοποιία.

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Traditional Greek Mousakas

Traditional Greek Mousakas



Greek moussaka (Mousakas)

The spices you have to use for this delicious greek specialty you may find them in cretaneshop.gr

  • eggplants: 3-4
  • potatoes: 4, peeled
  • beef (or lamb): 500g, ground
  • onions: 2 large, finely diced
  • garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • red wine: ½ cup
  • parsley: 1/4 cup, fresh, chopped
  • tomato paste: 2 tablespoons
  • crushed tomatoes (or tomato puree): 1 cup
  • sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • salt a bit
  • pepper freshly ground
  • breadcrumbs: 2 cups
  • kefalotyri or parmesan cheese: 1 cup, grated
  • For the bechamel sauce:
  • butter: 1 cup
  • flour 1 cup
  • milk: 4 cups, warmed
  • eggs: 4, lightly beaten
  • ground nutmeg a pinch


  1. Slice eggplants into 1/2 inch slices, salt them and place them in a colander in the sink for 20 minutes (the salt helps to remove some of the bitterness). Boil the potatoes whole until they are just done and slice them in 1/4 inch slices. Preheat the oven to 200oC. Lightly grease a big flat plate and add breadcrumbs on it. Rinse the eggplants, dry them and fry in hot olive oil, from both sides until colored.
  2. In a large sauté pan, brown the ground beef (or lamb). Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add wine and allow it to simmer. Add parsley, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and sugar. Allow the sauce to simmer uncovered for 15 minutes so that excess liquid can evaporate. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the béchamel: Melt butter over low heat. Using a whisk, add flour whisking continuously to make a smooth paste. Add warmed milk to mixture whisking continuously. Simmer over low heat until it thickens a bit but does not boil. Remove from heat and stir in the beaten eggs and a pinch of nutmeg. Return to heat and stir until sauce thickens.
  4. Place the potatoes in the flat pan. Top with a layer of eggplant slices. Add meat sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 of the grated cheese. Top with another layer of eggplant slices and sprinkle once again with 1/4 of the grated cheese. Pour the béchamel sauce over the eggplants, smooth on top with a spatula and sprinkle with remaining grated cheese. Bake in a 180-200°C oven for 45-50 minutes or until béchamel sauce gets a nice golden brown color. Allow to cool for 15–20 minutes before slicing and serving.


Mousakas is by all means the most famous and best selling Greek specialty. The layers of ground beef, potatoes, eggplant and béchamel are simply superb.