Gemista (Stuffed Tomato & Peppers)


Yield: 12 gemista / 4-6 main-course servings

6 large, ripe, juicy and firm beefsteak tomatoes
6 large green bell peppers
260 ml good quality olive oil
1 large onion, grated
1 long sweet red & green pepper, minced
? small carrot, minced
500 g minced veal or beef (from a lean piece of veal/beef)
200 g long grain rice
A bunch of flat-leaf mint (leaves and stalks), finely chopped
3-4 medium-sized potatoes, cut into medium-sized pieces or wedges
400 g fresh tomato pur?e, and chunks
1 Tbsp caster sugar
Freshly ground black pepper