Recipe for Greek Style Fried Giant Beans

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These crispy pan fried gigantes, also known as Greek elephant beans, are a great snack, as part of any Greek meal, and as part of a traditional meze. They are served all over Greece.

Recipe for Greek Style Fried Giant Beans (Gigantes Tiganiti) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried gigantes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Greek olive oil

Directions to Make Greek Giant Beans:

Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl filled with water. Drain the beans and pat dry with paper towels.

Toss the beans into the all-purpose flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk using a fork.

Sprinkle the breadcrumbs into a small plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium.

Dip one of the beans into the milk and then directly into the breadcrumbs so that they breadcrumbs coat the bean. Drop into the olive oil. Repeat until all the beans are into the pan.

Cook each bean for a few minutes on side. Your goal is for each side to become golden brown. Remove the beans from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

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