Briam - A Greek Vegetable Bake

Ingredients:

  • 150 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra if required
  • 1 large eggplant, halved lengthways, then thickly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 800 g large potatoes, chopped into 1cm cubes
  • Briam - Greek Vegetable Bake6 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 zucchinis, sliced
  • 300 g tomato passata
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tbsps. flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Method:

Preheat the oven to 430⁰ F. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the eggplant in batches, adding more oil if necessary, for 5–7 minutes, until softened and golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large bowl.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan, with a little more oil if necessary, and sauté for 5 minutes, until softened. Transfer to the bowl with the eggplant. Add the potato, tomatoes, zucchinis, passata and 200ml water to the bowl. Sprinkle with oregano and parsley and season generously with sea salt and ground black pepper. Combine well with your hands and transfer to a large ovenproof dish. Drizzle with any remaining oil.

Bake for 30 minutes then turn oven down to 390⁰ F. Bake for another 20–30 minutes, or until the top has browned and vegetables are tender. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

(Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver)