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Vegetable Casserole: Briam #Food of the World

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It is said to "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." I couldn't image a more foolish idea. Greeks have given the world so many wonderful gifts... their contributions to philosophy, architecture, literature, mathematics, language, art... and FOOD.. is just astonishing! 

Vegetable Casserole- Briam- simplelivingeating.com

A Greek would never come to your home empty handed, even if he only brought a small basil plant to lift your spirits with it's appetizing scent. The Greeks invented the idea of the Guest-Host relationship... at least the European version of it. 

Vegetable Casserole- Briam- simplelivingeating.com

For Food of the World this month I am sharing with you a simplified version of a traditional Greek dish called Briam. You basically take whatever vegetables are in season and cut them into thin slices, and layer them. There are different versions of this dish; most put tomato sauce, garlic, and other herbs, maybe basil or oregano, between each layer. I chose to top this dish with fresh tomatoes and not use tomato sauce. 

sliced potatoes: simplelivingeating.com
First layer of potatoes 

You can top Briam with cheese if you like. I used goat cheese, but mozzarella would work well, or just a sprinkle of parmesan; would be delicious too. A layer of cheese make this dish a vegetarian main course. If I was serving this casserole as a side dish I would not add cheese, in order to keep it light.

layers of vegetables for casserole: simplelivingeating.com
Layers completed before baking

Play around with this, have fun with it... use any vegetables you have on hand... especially the ones in your fridge that may be starting to get bruised. It doesn't matter what they look like once you slice them and bake them!

Vegetable Casserole- Briam- simplelivingeating.com

Vegetable Casserole: Briam

by Diane Balch

30 minutes preparation           45 minutes cook time             serves 4 - 6


1 large peeled potato thinly sliced
1 zucchini thinly sliced long strips
1 eggplant peeled thinly sliced long strips
1 tomato sliced 
4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
1/4 cup of fresh basil minced
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
salt and pepper


1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2) Peel potatoes. with a mandolin or other vegetable slicer make thin slices of potatoes and put them down in a medium baking dish such as a 9" by 9" pyrex baking pan. Slightly overlap the potatoes.

3) Brush the potatoes with EVOO. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and a little bit of basil on top of the potatoes.

4) Follow the same procedure with the next vegetable. Put the heaviest vegetables on the bottom and the lightest on the top. With this mix the order would be: potatoes, zucchini, with the tomato being the last layer.

5) Top the casserole with cheese and bake it for 45 minutes or until the hardest vegetable (potatoes) can be pierced with a fork.

6) Let sit for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Great served warm or at room temperature. Terrific for picnics because it can sit outside in the heat for hours.

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  1. oh you know I almost picked up Goat Cheese today, but went with Feta instead! Now I wish I had. I will need to keep this dish in mind when I clean out the fridge.

    1. I like Feta in a salad, but prefer goat cheese for baking. Yes, this is really a good fridge cleaning recipe.

  2. Hello Ladies! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party. Please swing by and party with us. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

  3. I love the simplicity of this dish! It's also a fun way to eat more vegetables. ;)

  4. I love goat cheese and can't wait to try this! Thanks


  5. Diane,
    What a great dish to present for our visit to Greece, this looks like one I will be trying this summer. It is so much fun cooking with you on Foods of The World!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      I have really been enjoying checking out new cuisines.

  6. Yumm. Looks like a great way to eat those summer veggies!

  7. Yum - I love Greek food:) This looks like the perfect summer recipe!

  8. I found this scrumptious recipe on In and Out of the Kitchen link party and I hope you’ll bring it to my recipe link party tonight! This week’s party starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm and goes until Sunday evening. You can find us at mommasangelbaby (dot) com. Hope to see you there! HUGS

  9. Delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog-hop, pinning it.

  10. So glad that you could share this awesome party with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  11. I like the idea of making this with whatever is in season at the time. Thank you for sharing.

  12. What a wonderful casserole, Diane! I agree, Greek food is absolutely amazing. We ate so well on our visit to Athens! Thank you for sharing another delicious post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  13. Yummy! Pinned. Hugs~ Lou Lou Girls


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