Posts Tagged ‘Beans’

Fasolada Soupa

Greek bean soup is almost like a national dish in Greece, although it doesn’t seem to be so popular on this side of the world. Rather, I have seen the infamous Avgolemono soup everywhere including restaurants and even canned on supermarket shelves! I think the reason behind this is because it is one of the humble foods found on every Greek table at least once a month, sometimes once a week. Especially now during times of crisis, there might be some people living off this stuff!

White Bean Hummus

Hummus is pretty popular in the States. When I was home this summer, I went to the supermarket and was amazed by all the different blends and varieties of hummus. And some of them were advertising it as a Greek product. That seems a little funny to me since in the whole 2 1/2 years I have lived in Greece, I have only found it once in a Thessaloniki shop (and probably in Athens too). It is not common to find pre-made hummus packages, and it is has also not been popular among the Greeks I have been sharing a table with.

Summer Dip

Howdy Friends!!!

Finally… an updated blog post! These dips are both easy and delicious!

I am still in the States, moving around and staying busy as ever. Believe it or not, we have still not heard any updates about transferring abroad and I am leaving in 9 days back to Greece. As of tonight, the EU leaders are trying to determine what the future holds for Greece and how to prevent a domino effect of bankruptcy and default, although, “Greece is in a uniquely grave situation in the euro area,” the statement said. Article Here.  And as of now, it looks that everyone is pulling together to help Greece, read further here. I won’t bore you with the details but the links above are from the BBC webpage and provide very insightful information if you are interested.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Fasolakia is the Greek name for this heart warming dish. This was one of my first attempted Greek recipes, and it was not only easy but a wonderful vegetarian meal that I make again and again! It is a very typical summer dish made all over Greece with various types of beans, depending on what is available (even frozen beans will work)! When the beans are tender and the tomatoes a bit sweet, this dish can have astoundingly good flavor combined with potatoes and served with feta! 
Fasolakia above Green Beans in Tomato Sauce
Fresh Green Beans with Tomato Sauce: (Serves 4)
1 1/2 – 2 pounds (800 g.) green beans, cleaned and trimmed
2/3 cup (150 ml) EVOO
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic coves, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 1/2 lbs. fresh tomatoes or 14 oz. can plum tomatoes, chopped
2/3 cup hot water
3-4 T. fresh parsley
If your beans are very long, cut them in half. Soak in a cold water bath completely submerged for 5-10 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, adding the onion to saute until translucent. Add the garlic, once the garlic becomes aromatic, add the potato cubes and mix a few minutes to distribute the oil and slightly cook. Add the tomatoes and hot water and cook for 5 minutes, drain the beans and rinse once more. Add the beans to the pan, sprinkling some salt and pepper over them. Stir in the beans with the tomatoes and potatoes, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the chopped parsley and add a little more water if the sauce looks too dry. Cook about 10 minutes more, or until the beans are as tender as you would like. Serve hot with a slice of feta cheese. 

Fasolakia color Green Beans in Tomato Sauce
Simple, frugal, nutritious, and tastes really wonderful after a long day! This is the most basic recipe that is traditionally Greek, but you can always spice it up to your liking with mushrooms or chicken or whatever you’d like to add. I highly recommend this for a week night dinner or lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy and kali orexi. 

Recipe taken from a great cookbook called Greece by Rena Salaman and Jan Cutler. 

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)


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