Delicious Greek-style beans, baked in a garlicky tomato sauce with plenty of dill and oregano. This is a truly wonderful vegan side dish or bulk it out to be a main with salad, dips and rice or baked potatoes.
Looking for a delicious Greek side dish?
Need a delicious vegan meal that's full of protein?
Or perhaps you're just looking to eat more beans?
Either way I 100% recommend that you try this recipe for Greek-style baked butterbeans. It's one of my favourites and I think you'll love it too.
These beans are so versatile
This dish works really well as a vegan main course. Try it with a baked potato or some rice on the side.
But it's just as delicious served as a side dish as part of a mezze-style meal with lots of different dishes.
What are Greek beans?
Greek beans are called gigandes plaki in Greek.
Usually they're made with giant white beans - in fact gigandes means giant. However, I've used butterbeans in my recipe as they are much easier to find in the UK.
The beans are cooked in a tomato sauce with lots of herbs, including dill, which gives them a wonderful taste.
Every time I eat these Greek-style baked butterbeans I can *almost* imagine myself to be on holiday on a Greek island with the sun on my face.
Luckily these vegan beans are warm and filling so they can be eaten in mid-winter too.
What are butterbeans?
Butterbeans, called lima beans in some parts of the world, are large white beans.
They have a creamy colour and a slightly floury texture when cooked. You can buy dried butterbeans, which can be soaked and cooked at home, or if you prefer you can use tinned ones.
In this recipe for Greek-style baked butterbeans I've used tinned beans.
What to serve with gigandes
I think these beans are lovely as they are with a baked potato or rice.
They're also great with a mezze-style meal. Here are some other dishes that work well alongside these beans.
More vegan butterbean dishes
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How to make baked Greek beans
One of the best things about this vegan bean dish - apart from the fact that they taste delicious - is that it is so easy to make.
It really is a one-pot bean dish - chuck it all together, bake it and you're done.
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Baked Greek beans in tomato and dill sauce (vegan)
- 480 g cooked butter beans two standard UK tins, drained and rinsed
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 red onion sliced
- 800 g tinned chopped tomatoes
- Small handful dill finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Place all the ingredients together in a roasting tin and mix well.
- Bake for 40 minutes stirring halfway until the onion is soft and the sauce has thickened.
- Season with extra salt and pepper if required. Serve as part of a mezze spread or as a hearty vegan main course with a side salad and rice or potatoes.
- The serving of four is for a main course. If served as part of a mezze it will serve 6-8 people.
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