Gemista is a classic Greek dish. Vegetables, usually bell peppers and tomatoes, are stuffed with rice or minced meat or a combination of both and baked in the oven.
The food is tastier when the tomatoes are ripe and juicy. The interior of the vegetables is scooped out with a spoon, but with care so as not to leave the vegetable wall too thick or pierce it, and are then filled with the stuffing.
An Asia Minor recipe for the filling includes 3-4 tablespoons of pine nuts and an equal quantity of blonde raisins. The vegetables can also be stuffed with minced meat and sautéed onions. Other vegetables, like plump zucchinis, and even onions can also be used for the stuffing.