Yum! This dish is extremely easy to cook and is so good for you. A vegetable base meal that is rich in antioxidants, fibre and vitamins, so good for everyone.
As is in most Greek cuisine’s olive oil is used and the trick with this dish is that you utilise ample of olive oil. We use between half to 1 cup of good olive oil. You can use whatever beans you have available and other vegetables such as carrots and potatoes can be added stewed in olive oil and tomatoes.
Greek green and borlotti beans recipe (Fasolakia Ladera)Course: MainCuisine: Mediterranean CuisineDifficulty: Easy
300 borlotti beans
300 green beans
300 flat green beans
1 cup olive oil
3 – 4 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
2 – 3 onions (roughly chopped)
2 carrots (cut into quarters)
red wine (quarter cup)
1 cup of water
500g tomatoes (crushed)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
optional: 4 potatoes, (cut into quarters)
- Prepare beans by washing green beans and removing ends and strings from green beans, refer to the illustration for step by step instructions.
- Peel borlotti beans keeping the beans and discarding the skins, washing the beans.
- Add olive oil to a hot pot and add garlic and onions once oil begins to sizzle.
- Stir ingredients thoroughly until ingredients begin to turn a golden colour.
- Add borlotti beans mixing through ingredients thoroughly for approximately 5 minutes before adding carrots.
- Stir through thoroughly before adding wine to the ingredients and allowing the alcohol to evaporate (approximately 1 minute).
- Add flat green beans.
- Add green beans to the pot, stirring through all the ingredients and covering the pot for 10 minutes allowing the ingredients to simmer.
- Uncover the pot, mixing ingredients thoroughly and again covering the pot for a further 10 minutes before adding tomatoes.
- Add tomatoes stirring ingredients thoroughly and adding water to the mixture as you continue to stir.
- Stir through salt and pepper ensuring ingredients are well coated before covering the pot for a further 15 minutes.
- Turn heat off, mixing ingredients and serving.
- Optional: Serve with feta cheese as a side accompaniment.
- Did you know the Greek word “ladera” means “oily”?