Kremmydia Gemista (stuffed onions)

Kremmydia Gemista, which means stuffed onions is a recipe my mother would often make.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 She would make the same fillingu00c2u00a0 as for koupepia, with or without the minced meat, depending on the occasion.

The filling I have made is not how my mother used to make but I used different other vegetables combined with rice.

Back to my mother’s recipe.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 I can’t say that we were very fond of the dish when we were kids as we used to hate onions.u00c2u00a0 The same applies now with my daughter.u00c2u00a0 She doesn’t like onions and this is the reason that I made some stuffed vine leaves as well.u00c2u00a0 If you can’t find vine leaves see my other recipe using silverbeat leaves (Swiss chard).

If you want to make this dish only with onions you will have to use more onions as each one will make 3 – 4 maximum 5 cases.u00c2u00a0 To make the cases you must choose big onions, preferably the red ones, which are sweeter and after peeling them cut through to the middle and gently start removing each layer.

What remains and cannot be used will be used in the filling.

When making the filling you must make sure that the rice is not cooked and after adding the other ingredients mentioned, you have to remove it from the heat. u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 Place each stuffed vine leave in the saucepan, making sure to put them close to each other so that they don’t have room to move during boiling.u00c2u00a0 Place the onions on top and then put a plate on top as well.u00c2u00a0 This will also help to prevent them from moving so they will not open.u00c2u00a0 After putting the plate on top, add the remaining tomato and water.u00c2u00a0 Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for half an hour.

If you have some leftovers the dish tastes even better the following day served cold.


If you are wondering about the potatoes you see in the plate, they are not French fries but they are healthy and most delicious baked potatoes.

To accompany this dish, I cut three potatoes in wedges, sprinkle salt, freshly ground black pepper and oregano.u00c2u00a0 I add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of one lemon and 3 – 4 tablespoons of water.u00c2u00a0 I wrap them in parchment paper and then in aluminum foil and bake them for 1 hour at 180 degrees C and they taste fantastic.

Kremmydia Gemista (Stuffed Onions) and Dolmades Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:u00c2u00a0 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: u00c2u00a05 – 6


3 tbsp olive oil

40 vine leaves

3 large red onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 spring onions, only white part, finely chopped

5 – 6 button mushrooms, finely chopped

3 medium carrots, grated

1 small eggplant, finely chopped

1 tin tomatoes (500 grams)

1 tsp tomato paste

½ cup white dry wine

½ cup chives, finely chopped (optional)

2 tsp dried mint

1 cup Carolina rice or other short grained rice suitable four soups

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ cup olive oil

2 Cups water


Boil the vine leaves for 10 minutes and remove to a colander.

Then boil the onions for 5 minutes, remove to a colander until they can be handled.u00c2u00a0 Cut one side of the onion, to the centre and then carefully remove each layer of onion, folding it, so as not to break.

In a sautéing pan heat the olive oil and sauté the onions and the garlic until translucent.

Add the mushrooms and sauté.u00c2u00a0 Add the grated carrots and the eggplant and sauté.u00c2u00a0 Add the rice, sauté for a couple of minutes and add the wine.

Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon and dried mint.

Add ½ cup of the blended tomato and mix.

Remove from the heat and mix in the parsley and the chives.

Wrap the vine leaves and place in a saucepan.

Take an onion leaf, unfold and add some of the stuffing and fold again.u00c2u00a0 Just follow the shape of the onion. Place them on top of the stuffed vine leaves.

Add the olive oil and remaining tomato.u00c2u00a0 Season with additional salt.

Add half the water and gently shake the saucepan.u00c2u00a0 Add a plate, the size of the pot, on top.

Add the remaining water and bring to a boil.u00c2u00a0 Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.



This is my entry for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, created by Kalyn, of Kalyn’s Kitchen and now conducted by Haalo, of Cook (almost) anything at least once.u00c2u00a0 This week’s host is Anna, from Anna’s Cool Finds.

Next week it will be my turn to host so hope to see some of your lovely recipes.

I am taking an involuntary small break from blogging as I am having my house painted and there’s too much work to be done.u00c2u00a0 My computer is now out of reach as it is covered to be protected (unfortunately I do not have a laptop) and I use my daughter’s computer when she is not home.u00c2u00a0 I have programmed a few posts for the next few days and hope to be visiting you whenever I have some free time.

How to.. preserve vine leaves

Dolmades me Avgolemono (egg-lemon sauce)

Koupepia me ampelofylla (stuffed vine leaves with tomato)

Koupepia me Lahana and not Lahanodolmades (Koupepia with Swiss Chard)

Dolmades Gialantzi (vegan)

Kolokythia Gemista (Stuffed Courgettes)

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Meeta u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    ummm i could eat a huge platter like this all on my own. i really love the sweet falvors of stuffed onions!

  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Rosa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Everything looks wonderful! These stuffed onions must be very tasty and scrumptious! Yummy, bring a platter over here ;-P!!!


    Rosa xoxo

  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Hopie u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I’m quite a fan of cinnamon in savory dishes! This looks delicious. Hope the house painting goes well.

  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Joan Nova u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy, I love this dinner, especially that you used eggplant as one of the stuffing vegetables. Thanks for explaining your potato technique. I always love the lemony flavor of potatoes when I go to a Greek restaurant. P.S. Your photo mosaics are looking very good these days!

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Dharm u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Oh Wow! Never heard of or seen stuffed onions before and these sound incredible! I can imagine the tears though that would be caused by peeling and sectioning the onions!!!

  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Sam Sotiropoulos u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Very nice Ivy, my mother used to make these as well! Your recipe reads like a very flavourful version, and the use of the red onions is also good advice. Excellent!

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Reeni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Everything looks delicious, Ivy. I love the stuffed onions! I didn’t like onions as a kid either, and now can’t get enough of them.

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Rachel u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Lovely photos. I finally got around to bestowing the Adorable Blog Award to some other bloggers and wanted to thank you again, Ivy. Much appreciated.

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter G u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I’ve never seen stuffed onions before…as I love the flavour of onions this dish would def feature in my kitchen. Thanks for showing us Ivy!

  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Maria u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Those sound great Ivy. I’ve been eyeing a recipe for kremmydia gemista in a Greek cookbook I have for quite some time now but have never gotten around to making them.

  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 pixen u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    oh my goshhh…the stuffed onions looked so cute :-D I mean…dainty and yummy! I’m nuts over onions! I even eat raw onions with sambals… I have all the ingredients in your recipe. Only thing is the grape leaves… I have 1 grape tree in a pot. May I know how large the leaves you need in this recipe?

    The more I looked at your stuff onions… I fell in love with them! :-D I bookmarked it and will try to make it soon :-)

    Thank you for sharing such dainty meal! As usual… 2 thumbs up from me.

  12. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy

    Thanks everybody for the lovely comments.

    Dharm, fortunately these onions do not make me cry.

    Pixen, you have a grape tree in a pot? Actually now is the best season to get fresh vine leaves and maybe for a couple of more months because afterwards they are not edible. The leaves should be at least 10 cm wide in order to be able to fold them. However, you can get them brined in supermarkets selling Eastern European or Middle Eastern products.

  13. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 giz u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    That potato recipe is now officially on my «to try» list. What a nice alternative to french fries.

  14. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Anna u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    This is a lovely posting, I can hardly wait to try stuffing some according you your very detailed directions! Thanks for participating in WHB, and I’ll see if I can do something for your hosting time next week.

  15. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I love the stuffed onions and I prefer using red onions for both cooking and salads. The eggplant and mushrooms make the filling all that more substantive.

  16. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Kalyn u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    What a great post, and this looks so delicious! Good luck with the painting. I’m managing to survive my house renovations, but it is hard to get your blogging mojo going when life is in turmoil.


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