Briam: Roasted Vegetable Casserole in a Savory Sauce

Layers of Vegetables in Savory Tomato Sauce - Briam. Photo © Lynn Livanos Athan
  • 90 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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Briam is an oven-roasted vegetable dish that can be adapted according to what is in season. Layers of potatoes and vegetables are baked in a savory tomato sauce and served either as the main meal or as a tasty side dish. This is another beautiful example of how Greek cuisine is known for taking ordinary ingredients and making them taste extraordinary. 

This recipe features zucchini but the traditional version with eggplant is also delicious, having a similar flavor to ratatouille. Feel free to use a combination of vegetables, whatever is fresh or that you have on hand--a vegetable medley is always a welcome dish for a tasty lunch or light dinner. You can also add a bit of crumbled feta cheese before serving for extra flavor.

What You'll Need

  • 4 large potatoes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • A pinch of dried mint
  • A pinch of dried basil
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 lb. zucchini, sliced into thin rounds

How to Make It

  1. Peel and boil the potatoes in generously salted water until nicely tender. When cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes into 1/4-inch rounds and set aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and saute the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the 1/2 cup wine and saute a few minutes more.
  3. Add the herbs, tomato sauce and about a 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of a rectangular baking pan. Layer half the potato slices on the bottom of the pan. Season them lightly with salt.
  3. Top the potatoes with the tomato slices. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Next add the remaining potatoes. Season lightly with salt and top with half of the tomato sauce.
  4. Next add the zucchini and top with the remaining sauce. Bake for one hour or until the vegetables have cooked through and are very tender.