Gigantes (Greek Giant Baked Beans)
Gigantes is a traditional Greek dish made with beans that is not only very tasty but also healthy. The name gigantes comes from the Greek word for giants, hence giant beans.
Gigantes is a delicious vegan dish, which can be enjoyed as a side or as a main course. The beans traditionally used to make gigantes are a variety of giant runner beans (fasolia gigantes), which can be substituted for giant Lima beans.
Below is a traditional recipe for gigantes. Enjoy!
How to Make Gigantes:
- Soak the beans in water for 8-10 hours or overnight.
- Place a pot over medium to high heat.
- Add the beans and bay leaves and boil for 1 hour until they soften.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) fan.
- Finely chop the onion, thinly slice the garlic, slice the spring onions into rounds, chop the carrots into slices, and dice the red pepper.
- Place a pan over medium to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the vegetables for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add the wine. Allow it to evaporate and add the chopped tomatoes. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Remove from the heat and transfer the contents of the pan to a baking dish.
- Add the finely chopped parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, remaining olive oil, and water.
- Stir with a wooden spoon, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes.
- Then remove the foil and bake for another 10-25 minutes, until light golden.