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Recipe for Greek Style Aromatic Giant Beans

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Legumes such as these giant beans are common throughout Greece. This version contains aromatic spices such as coriander, which gives this dish its aromatic flavor.

Greek Style Aromatic Giant Beans (Gigantes Plaki) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Greek olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
  • 2 1/2 cup dried butter beans, soaked overnight
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions on How to Prepare Greek Style Aromatic Giant Beans:

Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan and set the heat to medium. Let the heat warm for 1-2 minutes.

Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions begin to get soft. Add the celery and carrots and saute for another 3 minutes. After that, add the garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the mixture, uncovered, until the tomatoes start to break down. This should take about 8-10 minutes.

After that, stir in the coriander, oregano, butter beans, salt, and pepper. Cover the heat and let the mixture simmer until the beans are soft and cooked all the way through. Stir in the lemon juice just before serving.

** This recipe contains olive oil, which isn’t permitted during strict fasting. If you adhere to a strict fast, omit the olive oil and using nonstick cooking spray in a nonstick pan to sauté, instead.

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