About the Dish:
Briam, or briami, is the Mediterranean’s answer to the French Ratatouille. Originating from Greece, this hearty vegetable casserole is rich in flavors, plant-based, and perfect for anyone seeking a healthful yet indulgent dish. The delectable combination of garden-fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, and zesty kalamata olives is sure to win over your palate.
- 2 medium russet potatoes (or 1 large), peeled
- 3 to 4 small zucchinis
- 1 small eggplant
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 red onion
- 1 bunch of Italian parsley
- 1 (15-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of pepper
- ½ cup of kalamata olives, sliced
- Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Slicing the Veggies: Slice your potatoes, zucchinis, and eggplant into ⅛- to ¼-inch round slices. Mince the garlic and slice the red onion.
- Prepare the Tomato Mixture: In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped parsley, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Arranging in Baking Dish: Spray a 9×12-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour in the tomato mixture and spread it evenly. Add the sliced vegetables and mix well so that they’re well-coated with the tomato mixture.
- Baking: Cover the baking dish with tinfoil and place it in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes. After the time is up, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Finishing Touch: Take out the baking dish from the oven, add the kalamata olives, stir gently, and it’s ready to serve.
Nutrition Info (Per Serving):
- Calories: 116
- Total Fat: 3.1g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Trans Fat: 0.0g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 21.0g
- Dietary Fiber: 4.7g
- Total Sugars: 6.5g
- Sodium: 464.2mg
- Protein: 3.7g
- You can personalize the recipe by adding other vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms.
- Serve hot, paired with some crusty bread or as a side dish to grilled meats.
This delightful dish isn’t just for the summer months. Its warmth and savory taste make it perfect for winter evenings as well. Top the dish with fresh herbs like basil or mint for an added burst of freshness. If leftovers remain, simply reheat in the oven to enjoy the next day! Enjoy your homemade Greek briam with family and friends!