Briam is a delicious easy everyday dish that is supercharged with vegetable goodness. It is a great way to use wilting vegetables. As a result, our home recipe changes slightly everytime. We may add mushrooms, or green beans or whatever vegetable is lying around.
What is non-negotiable are onions, potatoes and carrots in our household. But it is up to you to decide. We mostly use fresh tomatoes but you can replace them with canned chopped tomatoes if you want.
We eat this because it’s Greek, packed with delicious veg and olive oil. But, on top of all that, briam is a quintessential Mediterranean diet dish It is vegan, gluten free, and contains next to nothing processed. Just like the best of Greek cooking, this is a dish that takes simple, every day, natural ingredients to a whole new level of deliciousness.
The name is thought to hail from Persia initially (biryan) and means roasted. Many refer to the dish as a Greek ratatouille. However you describe it, briam is one of the much talked-about ladera. So it tastes better the more you let it rest according to Greek lore. It is also delicious served at room temperature in the summer, or warm but not piping hot.
A bit of feta cheese and some Greek salad perfectly set off this dish. We always have it as a main course on weekdays but you can also bring this out as a side to some red meat or poultry.