- Gigandes plaki
Although there are many variations to this popular dish, it usually consists of Greek fasolia gigandes (Giant White Beans),
tomatoes, onions, olive oil, parsley, and sugar. When fasolia gigandes cannot be obtained, large lima beansare suitable substitutes. Other vegetablessuch as garlic, carrots and celeryare sometimes used for this dish and some recipes even use sausages.
As with many
beans, the fasolia gigandes must be soaked overnight in plenty of cold water. Then the beans are to be boiled until tender before draining and beginning the addition of other ingredients. The cooking method for the gigandes plaki is to sautéthe all the ingredients for 20 minutes. Then the beans are baked in the ovenuntil the top layer of the dish is slightly charred from the sugar reacting to the heat. The beans are garnished with parsley and Greek fetathen served with Greek breadalongside this dish.
Traditionally, gigandes plaki are served as a
mezealongside other side dishes. However, this dish is filling enough to be eaten for lunch. This hearty meze is popular during the cold fall and winter months. As with many Greek dishes, while eating the beans, the Greek bread is used to dip in to the tomato sauce drippings.
Overall, gigandes plaki is a
healthyand nutritiousfood. It is a rich source for anti-oxidants from the tomatoes, and fiberfrom the other vegetables. Individuals can modify the amount of olive oil, feta cheese and bread they add to the meal. This dish is suitable for vegetariansand vegansif the sausages and cheese are excluded.
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