Enjoy this Gemista (or Yemista) recipe from fooodlove, a vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe bound to satisfy everybody around the table!

  • 10 servings
  • 2 hrs 10 mins
  • 250 kcal
  • DF VG VE

Gemista, or Yemista, is a very popular and traditional Greek dish for stuffed vegetables. Using commonly available ingredients, this Gemista recipe is a vegetarian one (some add pork or beef mince). Every household in Greece seems to have their own, slightly unique Gemista recipe, but they tend to have rice and herbs in common as fillings - and are stuffed into a vegetable.

Full of flavour and vibrancy, this recipe for stuffed tomatoes is healthy and fresh. ‘Gemista’ actually means ‘filled with’ or ‘stuffed’ in Greek, so literally that is the only thing you have to do - stuff a vegetable with a filling! Served as a starter, a side dish or as the main course, the Gemista is pretty flexible. We enjoy eating it for our main meal, often accompanied by feta cheese and fresh bread.


  • For the filling
  • To assemble


Once you slice and empty the tomatoes, turn them upside down inside the baking pan to drain their liquids while preparing the filling.

It’s best to use ripe tomatoes because it’s easier to remove their flesh.

Depending on the size of the vegetables, there may be some left over filling. Wrap it in a piece of baking paper and baking along with the vegetables.


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You will need about 2 hours 10 minutes to make 10 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 250 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 10 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

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Gemista is always a crowd-pleaser and a very popular recipe that uses commonly available ingredients. A traditional Greek dish of stuffed fresh vegetables, full of flavours and vibrant colours! There is a variety of different ways to cook Gemista, but all of them have rice and herbs in common.

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