Here is the perfect opportunity to get your Greek on! Greek Briam takes roasted vegetables to a whole new level of delicious. You need just a few simple pantry ingredients: potatoes, zucchini, red onions, and tomatoes. But the Greek flavors from spices, fresh garlic, parsley and a generous drizzle of excellent EVOO make all the difference. Plus, this recipe is text-book Mediterranean diet. Vegan. Zero Cholesterol.  Low Carb. Gluten Free. All the good stuff!

Be sure to see the video, step-by-step photos and tips below for foolproof results.

Briam. Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables with potatoes, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil

My first experience with briam was more than 10 years ago at a restaurant on the island of Patmos.  We asked the owners, an older Greek couple, to surprise us with their best homemade dish. And we were served humble bowls of briam with assorted warm bread, and a side of tasty feta.  Absolutely delightful!

That's the thing about Greek cooking that I absolutely adore, you can take a few simple ingredients and turn them into a feast!

What is Briam?

Briam is basically roasted vegetables, the Greek way. Thin roasted vegetable casserole, typically starring, potatoes, zucchini, red onions, and tomatoes. If you want to get fancy, add eggplant or bell peppers.  The flavor profile is simple--oregano, a dash of piney rosemary (my personal touch), parsley, and fresh garlic.

But, pulling this vegetable casserole together is, no surprise, a generous drizzle of quality extra virgin olive oil. Looking for that deeper, complex and rich peppery taste, I reached for my Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil from organically grown and processed koroneiki olives.  If you haven't tried it yet, you simply must!  (Check out all the info on Early Harvest EVOO here.)

Briam Greek Roasted Vegetables with a side of olives and fresh parsley

How to Make Briam: Greek Roasted Vegetables

Really, briam is easy to make.And I'll say this off the bat, if you don't feel like arranging the vegetables beautifully in round rows, you can just just arrange them flat on your large baking pan and call it good. But here is how I make it...

1. First, be sure the veggies are thinly sliced so that they cook well and evenly. My red onion was quiet large, so I cut it in half first before slicing.

Sliced rounds of zucchini, potatoes, and red onion

2. To ensure great flavor, I like to toss the vegetables (potatoes and zucchini) in a large mixing bowl with all my flavor makers: salt, pepper, spices, fresh parsley, garlic and a super generous amount of my quality EVOO. Make sure everything is well coated

Large mixing bowl with thin slices of zucchini and potatoes tossed with spices, garlic, fresh parsley and extra virgin olive oil

3. Grab a round baking pan or oven-safe skillet (this one I used is 11 inches round). Pour diced tomatoes from a can on bottom, then assemble the veggies in rows going around the perimeter of the pan, alternating until you fill the pan and there are no veggies left.

Remember, if you don't have the time to arrange the veggies this way, totally skip and simply spread them on top of the tomato layer and go from there (it will look more like this casserole.) And can also use a large au gratin dish or a rectangular baking dish instead of a round pan.

Round baking pan with diced tomato on bottom. One row of potatoes, zucchini, and red onions assembled on top.

3. Once you have the veggies assembled in the pan, if you have any of that yummy olive oil-garlic mixture left in the mixing bowl, pour that all over the veggies, then finish with more tomatoes. And all that's left to do is cover this beauty up with some foil (tent the foil so it doesn't touch the veggies) and place in the hot oven.

Round pan is ready with assembled veggies in rows

4. This is kinda of a long roast...the first part, the veggies will be covered, then we uncover and let them roast until we lose the liquid, the veggies cook to tender perfection...I love it when they're nicely charred (if you need to,  you can put the pan under the broiler for a bit. I didn't need to do that.)

Serving Briam Vegetable Casserole

What to Serve Along

As a main vegan course, these Greek roasted vegetables will easily feed a family of four.  Nothing much is needed than a warm piece of your favorite bread or a bed of rice or your favorite grain to sop up all the goodness. You can do as they would in Greece and add a side of great feta and some olives. A small starter like roasted garlic hummus would not hurt.

If you're serving a larger dinner, you can serve briam as a side dish next to roast chicken, lamb or even fish.

Briam Greek Roasted Vegetables served with a side of feta and olives

How to Store Leftovers

You can prepare this briam one night in advance. Let briam cool completely before storing. Cover tightly and store in the fridge. When ready, warm it up in a medium-heated oven (add a little bit of water and cover the briam to heat, if needed) You can also prepare this recipe all the way and freeze for later use. Thaw out in the fridge overnight and heat in medium-heated oven same as instructed above.

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Briam. Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables with potatoes, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil

Briam: Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables


Description

Briam is simple and absolutely delicious roasted vegetables, prepared Greek style. Potatoes, Zucchini, and Red onions tossed in a mixture of EVOO, garlic, parsley and spices, then roasted in saucy diced tomatoes. This is a healthy, vegan, text-book Mediterranean diet dish that can stand as a main course or served next to other entrees. See tips and suggestions in the notes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ¼ lb/ 570 g gold potatoes (about 3 medium-size potatoes), peeled and thinly sliced into rounds (about ⅛-inch thick)
  • 1 ¼ lb/ 570 g zucchini squash (2 to 3 zucchini), thinly sliced into rounds (about ¼-inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp/ 3.6 g dried oregano
  • scant 1 tsp/1.2 g dried rosemary 
  • ½ cup/ 35 g chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 28-oz/ 794 g canned diced tomatoes with juice (no-salt added organic tomatoes are recommended)
  • 1 large red onion or 2 smaller red onions, thinly sliced into rounds (if large, you'll want to cut the onion in half first, and then slice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a rack in the middle.
  2. Place sliced potatoes and zucchini in a large mixing bowl. Season with kosher salt, pepper, oregano, and rosemary. Add fresh parsley, garlic, and a generous drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Toss to make sure the vegetables are well coated with the EVOO and spices.
  3. Grab a large round pan on skillet (I used an 11-inch oven safe pan. See notes for more options.) Pour ½ of the canned diced tomatoes in and spread to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. Arrange the seasoned potatoes, zucchini, and sliced onions in the pan in rows (simply going around the shape of the pan and alternating.)
  5. If you have any of the extra virgin olive oil and garlic mixture left in the mixing bowl, pour that all over the veggies, then top with the remaining diced tomatoes from your can.
  6. Cover the pan with foil (tent foil a bit so it is not touching the veggies). Bake in 400 degrees F heated-oven for 45 minutes. Take pan out briefly to carefully remove foil, then place back in oven,  uncovered, and roast for another 30-40 minutes or until the veggies are soft and charred and most of the liquid has evaporated. (ovens do vary, so pay attention and check as needed.)
  7. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature with an added generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. (see suggestions for to serve along.)

Notes

  • Cook's Tip: If you don't feel like arranging the vegetables neatly in round rows, you can use a large au gratin dish like this one or a large and deep rectangular baking dish like this one. Pour ½ the tomatoes in the baking dish to cover the bottom as instructed, then simply spread the vegetables flat in the dish and top with the EVOO mixture and remainder of the tomatoes. Cover and follow instructions from here. It will look more like this casserole.
  • What to Serve Along: To serve briam as the main vegan course, simply serve it crusty or whole wheat pita bread, rice or grain of your choice. Greeks often add a hearty piece of feta and some olives to go along. And to start the meal, I often add a bowl of Roasted Garlic Hummus. If you're serving a larger dinner, you serve briam as a side dish next to roast chicken, lamb or even fish. 
  • Leftovers Storing and Reheating Instructions: You can prepare this briam one night in advance. Let briam cool completely before storing. Cover tightly and store in the fridge. When ready, warm it up in a medium-heated oven (add a little bit of water and cover the briam to heat.) You can also prepare this recipe all the way and freeze for later use. Thaw out in the fridge overnight and heat in medium-heated oven same as instructed above.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: For best taste, use our Early Harvest or Private Reserve, both from organically grown and processed Koroeniki olives. And from our organic spice collection: rosemary.
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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Category: Entree/Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: Briam, Roasted Vegetables, Vegetable Casserole

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  1. This is the most amazing recipe! I make it all of the time using all sorts of vegetables. I have used eggplant, zucchini, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, olives, added capers, anything that is around! The presentation is stunning. When I feel lazy, I just put it into rows not layering anything and it still is fantastic. A crowd pleaser. Leftovers are amazing with eggs in the morning!

  2. I would love to try this recipe as written but unfortunately when I tracked it in MyFitnessPal the nutrition values came out 3X higher than yours for 6 servings so I will probably need to reduce or totally omit the potatoes. This is just an FYI for those of us on carb restricted eating plans. Thanks for all of your delicious recipes! I will be making my version with your Grilled Shrimp/Roasted Garlic Sauce and your Lemon Rice tho my version will be cauliflower rice! 😉

  3. This dish is a must try. I made it last nite and making it again tonight. Delicious ❤

  4. A simple but full of flavour dish. Would recommend this recipe to others. Will be making again. Thank you 😀

  5. This was a big hit with my family. I love all of your vegetarian recipes because I have a daughter who is vegetarian and she doesn't always eat healthy. She loved it. My husband loved it as well and he is not always a huge fan of tomato-heavy dishes! Love all of your recipies! So glad I have a mandoline for this recipe--it really saves time. I didn't have time to arrange it beautifully, but it is still a pretty dish. Love your website!

  6. Loved this! Full of flavour will be making again.
    One question if freezing do you freeze after roasting or before?

  7. First, I have to say, the presentation of this dish is beautiful. I followed the recipe to a tee. Unfortunately, I should have gone with my gut as the oregeno extremely overpowered this dish. With the combination of the strong oregeno flavor and the tomatoes (I used Pomi chopped tomatoes - slightly less than recipe calls for because it is boxed, not canned), I just felt like I was eating veggies drowned in jarred pizza sauce. If I were to try this again, I would half, or even quarter the oregeno and rethink the tomatoes. The one thing I did do, is add extra garlic and, even then, I couldn’t taste it anywhere. Perhaps if the garlic was sautéed in olive oil along with salt, red pepper flakes, oregeno and tomatoes beforehand, then added to the dish the flavor profile might be a bit more cohesive?

  8. This was soooooo good! I cut the oregano in half and it was still delicious. Mine didn't brown nicely so sticking it under the broiler for a few minutes did the trick/ It made a great side dish for a chicken, artichoke and olive main course. Heaven!

    1. Incredibly delicious!! I made the recipe as written except I used some roasted tomatoes from my garden instead of canned. Don’t hesitate to try this - it’s a winner!!! We ate it for a whole meal but I can imagine this to be a wonderful side dish along with some grilled pork chops or chicken.

  9. Really wanted to like this as looked sooo good. Followed the recipe exactly. But it just was a bit bland for me ? sorry.
    Loved the way it looked and cooked slowly in the oven. Everything was nice and tender. ??
    However I made your hummus and pita bread and they were delicious. Spot on! Thank you.

    1. We've not had this issue in the past, Aneesa. And honestly, this recipe is made here very regularly...the key is to allow it to fully roast until the flavors meld. at any rate, thanks for sharing.

      1. Hi there! Thanks for the heads up. We just double checked, and the video is visible on our end. Some browsers, which do not allow pop ups, end up blocking the videos as well. You may need to adjust the settings in your browser, or switch to a different browser.

  10. Thank you for this recipe! My garden was/is overflowing with these ingredients! We also have an abundance of little finger eggplant so we reduced potatoes and zucchini by 1/3 each and fleshed it out with eggplant (skin on)! Beautiful and delicious! Summer in a cast iron skillet!, We also had plain goat cheese which we dolloped on top after it was baked. We could eat this everyday!

  11. I usually don’t use aluminum foil to cook. Can I substitute the foil with something else? This looks delicious I can’t wait to try it

  12. I am going to try this very soon. I cook for my elderly mother and I think she will adore this. I also see even more potential for this! I am, in my new to cooking mind, seeing a Mexican version and a pizza-ish version.

    Dave

  13. This was absolutely delicious. Not only does it look beautiful when done, it’s easy to put together. My granddaughter helped with the prep work. My oldest son said that he didn’t even mind that it didn’t have any meat in it.

      1. Made this tonight as per the recipe and loved it, just cooked it a bit longer as my potatoes were still a bit hard (probably cut them a little too thick!)

  14. This was AMAZING...Made it tonight, Froze half of what I couldn't eat and stashed the other half for tomorrow. I am a household of one, and I tray to eat mostly plant-based so ths with a slice of sundried tomato and basil bead from my CSA basket was a delicious dinner! Thank you for the great recipes, Suzy!