Gigantes plaki, or Greek baked beans, is a classic Greek dish all about heart and warmth. 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 75 minutes

Serves: 6

  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bunch dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 4 cans butter beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (fan-forced).
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, tipping in onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until softened but not brown. 
  3. Add tomatoes and cook for a further minute. 
  4. Add dill, brown sugar and sea salt, simmer for 2–3 minutes, then stir in beans. 
  5. Tip into a large ovenproof dish and bake uncovered and without stirring for approximately 1 hour, until the beans are tender. 
  6. Allow to cool. Garnish with parsley and drizzle with olive oil to serve.

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