Very very nice, I halved the recipe but not the liquid that you add and that turned out good, used only 1 tablespoon of rice per vegetable. It was enough for the size of the tomatoes and the peppers I used. Could not get the cheese you mentioned in the recipe and used grated Halloumi cheese. The raw rice was perfectly cooked by the time we had the dish. The only thing I added was some dried oregano.
FINALLY.. !! My grandmother used to make these and I have been searching the world for the recipe that would capture this uniquely "greek/turkish" taste.
Well folks.. this is it !
Evelyn shows deep understanding of greek cuisine in her quantity of olive oil (don't be alarmed..) and , especially her step 10. ( Leave an hour or two in the oven..) This is very important as it allows a kind of caramelization which is.. everything ! without this last step mine used to taste like a warm pepper salad mixed with rice !
It has now become one of my family's favourites !
Just a tiny detail.. since the rice is not pre-boiled, it will expand.. so don't stuff them all the way to the top or they will overspill..
I also dribbled 1/2 tsp of olive oil on the mixture in each pepper after stuffing ( but then..I'm an olive-oil addict )
GEIA SOU EVELYN.. EISAI ETHNIKOS THISAUROS !!
( Evelyn you are a national treasure !! )
Veggie Dornette #1 was home for the weekend and I thought I would surprise her with something besides lasagne (which she asks for each time she comes home). Peppers are plentiful in the market now, although it's not really tomato season. I did try this with 2 tomatoes, but I have to say that the recipe was 90% peppers. To make up for the missing tomato flesh I used some canned tomatoes, chopped up. Left out the mint, because I knew the kids would never touch it with mint (not very adventurous, my kids). I also left out the raisins, again, because the kids won't eat anything with "bugs" in it. Doubled up on the pine nuts instead, you can never have too many pine nuts (budget permitting). The only other change -- I didn't have (or even look for) mizithra or kefalograviera cheese, so I used a nice Cypriot haloumi instead. Ev, major yummy dish here!
Outstanding! Made exactly as written, used shredded parmesan, and it turned out PERFECT!!! Evelyn, you are a gem for sharing this, everyone LOVED IT! I will make this again and again.
Updated 08/27/12: I can not say enough great things about this recipe. You can not get results like this from a cookbook. Evelyn's instructions and measurements are like learning from your Greek yaya. I turn to this recipe again and again, and have made these probably 8 times - always perfect, always to rave reviews. Make them, you won't be disappointed.
Oh My! These were the best stuffed peppers and tomatoes I have ever had in my life. This recipe is amazing. If you are thinking of trying this, think no longer, this is a winner. I have never been so happy with a recipe in my life. I love Greek food and this is Greek. Absolutely amazing! There should be a special category for recipes like this. 10 stars and more. Thank you so much for this dish. My family and I are still fighting for the leftovers.
Great recipe. It's realy worth the time it takes to prepare. It's not the one I had in Santorini, but it's close.
These were very good the first day, although my husband wasn't crazy about them. I took a lefover pepper and a tomato as my lunch for work today, and BOY - this is the kind of dish that really improves after sitting a while! It was incredible! This would be a nice thing to make for a buffet dinner party.
If I could give this zero stars I would. I followed the directions to the letter. Cooked for exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes. Let stand for another hour in the oven as directed. Rice is still raw. Put back in the oven with more water for another hour. Vegetables are now shriveled to almost nothing and the rice is still raw. What a waste. I feel so foolish for trusting the positive reviews here.
After so many years I finally found the best recipe for Yemista, I spend so much time trying to identify what I was doing wrong as my dish wasn't the same or even close to as it is in my fav city of Athens (Greece) where my family and I spend a while each year and now after I found this recipe I am the happiest person in the whole world! I made it 3 times already and it tests like heaven! exactly like in Athens!!! I got so many compliments from my husband , my daughter and friends, people who loves Greek food too. I just want to say Bravo Evelyn!!! Thank you very much for a little peace of Greece on my plate which I enjoy very much-:)