In the eighth edition of my live-streamed show, my cousin Chef Akis Tzanakakis and I show you how to cook a fancy briam.
What is exactly is briam? A delicious combination of roasted vegetables — but the Greek way, of course.
When selecting your ingredients, it is IMPORTANT to look at the size of each vegetable. You should try to get veggies that are about the same circumference when cut in thin, round slices.
Tips — start with your eggplant. Make sure you buy baby eggplant (also called Italian eggplant) and go from there. The hardest vegetable to find in a large circumference is the carrot. But you might get lucky. As for the tomatoes, I found that plum tomatoes work best because they’re longer rather than rounder.
See the full list of ingredients below.
Two of each:
- Italian eggplant
- Yellow squash
- Long green peppers
- Long red peppers
A 1/2 bunch each of:
- Tomato paste
- Tomato purée
- Salt, pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Feta cheese (optional)
- A round pan (Not mandatory. A rectangular glass Pyrex will also do)
- A really sharp knife
- A really steady hand
- A really sharp eye
- A few toothpicks
- Patience and love
Watch the full episode
Editor’s note: A special thanks to Greece-based blogger Gabriel Nikolaidis for providing the photograph of briam which appears at the top of this article. Follow Gabriel on Instagram and see his own briam recipe on his website.
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