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I had a small batch of Giant White Beans left in my pantry that we bought in a small town outside of Athens while we were visiting friends on vacation last year. They come from a region in Northern Greece called Prespa (Prespes). A beautiful part of Greece that has a gorgeous lake along with some of the most rarest fish and birds that you will love if your a Nature Lover!! 🙂 It is absolutely worth the trip!! 🙂 This area grows the best beans and most of which are organic. There is a very small fruit and vegetable market in the town that I mentioned that sells these beans, so when its time to head back to NL we stop by for some last minute food (beans) shopping.
This is such a healthy, delicious, vegetarian meal full of Fibers and Protein! If you find some in your area try out this recipe, I am sure you will love it!!
OVEN BAKED GIANT WHITE BEANS (GIGANTES STO FOURNO)
- 300 grams Giant White Beans soaked in water overnight
- 1 Leek diced
- 1 Carrot diced
- 1 Bell Peppers chopped
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 800 grams Chicken Broth
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste optional
- 4 fresh Tomatoes grated
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- Sweet Paprika optional
Soak bean in water overnight. The following morning drain and add into a large pot of water. I boil the beans and drain the water they have been boiled in 2 times before cooking them.
Add 1/2 of the Olive Oil into a pot and toss in the carrot, leek and sauté. Continue by adding the tomato paste and stir.
Add the Chicken broth, if you don’t have any you can use the same amount of water.
Add in grated tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes before adding in the beans.
Add in beans, sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, bay leaves and cook for 1/2 in pot. Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees and in a large baking pan add in the beans along with the Olive Oil that was left over. Bake in oven for 1 1/2 hrs. or until beans have soften, and sauce has thicken.
Serve either as a main dish or a side dish…it really is up to you. 🙂