Greek String Beans ~ Fasolakia

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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My garden is runneth over…with long green string beans. And what comes to mind – this dish. With the traditional slow braising cooking method, this has become a favorite of ours at the dinner table. Made with simple pantry ingredients, it’s quick and ready to serve in minutes. You may also consider it as a side with fresh BBQ fish, chicken or lamb.  Or just serve it alone, with a hunk of artisan bread- and a sprinkle of fresh Greek Feta, that’s how I love it! This dish is meant to be a simple summer meal from your  garden’s summer bounty of beans!

Greek String Beans ~ Fasolakia
 
This pantry summer meal will be a delight for anyone at the dinner table. Simply made and so healthy!
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Recipe type: Main or Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed left whole
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons tomato paste, or ¼ can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, or parsley, or oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • Enough water to cover beans.
Instructions
  1. Wash and trim the green beans at the top of the bean.
  2. In a deep dutch oven or skillet heat the oil on medium.
  3. Add the onions and cook for 4 -5 minutes until softened, then add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the beans to the onions and tomato sauce, water, herbs, salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Uncover and cook until liquid is reduced and sauce thickens.

 

Just picked from my garden!  
 
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Line up the green beans with the top ends together and cut right off!
Leave the cute curly-end, they are edible and sweet looking.
 
 
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 Once you have the onions and garlic cooked, add the rest of the ingredients
and fill the pot with water just to cover and cook.
 
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This is a braising technique slow and long, so the flavors have a chance to meld together.
The beans are even better the next day!

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1 elaine vlahos haugen

Just made your Quinoa stuffed cabbage rolls – Lahanodolmathes.

DELICIOUS

Please tell me how I can rinse quinoa 3 times with water, drain.
I don’t have a sieve with small enough holes to contain the quinoa.
Suggestions………….please.

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Hi Elaine,
I do know some brands that pre-rinse their quinoa. The one that comes to mind is Bob’s Red Mill; can be found in most stores.
Or you can use a coffee filter or cheese cloth, that will do the trick!
Good Luck,
Mary

3 Emilia

I tried last year Greek green beans and was delicious. Your recipe looks even better!

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