How to Make Greek Briam

Briam is a classic, popular Greek mixed roast vegetable dish using summer vegetables. Similar to ratatouille, this recipe is a satisfying side dish that's easy to make and cook, allowing you to do other things while it bakes quietly in the oven or Barbecue.

Typically served with fresh feta cheese, it can be a main meal for vegetarians or as a delicious side dish to serve 4 for a host of cool weather meals.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant / aubergine, or 2 Japanese eggplants, thickly sliced
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced.
  • 1 large zucchini / courgette thickly sliced.
  • 1 large potato, peeled and sliced or cut into thin wedges.
  • 2 capsicums / bell peppers. Red or green (or both) are fine.
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges.
  • 3 tablespoons of capers.
  • 1 cup tomato purée or passatta. Alternatively 3 large tomatoes, chopped or blended in a food processor.
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic or 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon each of freshly chopped herbs - mint, parsley, oregano and basil, or a generous pinch each of dried.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.
  • To serve: 250g of feta cheese


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    Heat olive oil in a large flame-proof baking dish or casserole. Fry the onions over medium heat until tender and golden (about 10 minutes).
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    Add garlic and stir fry until fragrant, then add the wine. Add remaining vegetables and herbs and stir to coat them with the oil and wine.
    • Alternatively, you may remove the onions and garlic once fried, and layer the vegetables with the potato at the bottom in layers much like a lasagne. Mix the tomatoes, onions and herbs together as a sauce and add that as layers in between the other vegetables.
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    Bake in a 180C / 385F preheated oven for 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender. If you made the first mixed method (instead of layering), stir occasionally to ensure the sauce develops and that it cooks evenly. Add a little more water or wine if it seems dry and stir to coat. If you followed the layered method, pour a little water or wine on the top.
    • Be conservative with adding extra fluid. The sauce should be absorbed into the vegetables so there is not so much as a gravy or sauce but that the vegetables remain distinct. If you can get away with adding no extra liquid the dish will be more intense in flavour.
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    Serve hot, with feta crumbled coarsely on top. You may also garnish with more chopped herbs and lemon wedges if desired.


  • This dish is flexible in content. You may add other vegetables as okra, green beans and carrots if desired or to bulk out.

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Categories: Greek Cuisine | Vegetarian