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Greek Giant Beans Recipe (Gigantes Plaki)

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This Greek Giant Beans recipe (gigantes plaki) is a hearty side dish made with beans in a delicious tomato and olive oil sauce. Greek giant beans are soaked, cooked, and slow baked with vegetables and tomatoes until the edges are crisped to perfection.

A fantastic plant-based addition to your next meze platter. This gigantes plaki recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and naturally gluten free. Everyone at the table can dig in!

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This is yet another recipe from our friend George, who gave us avgolemono with orzo and yourvarlakia, Greek meatball soup. Gigantes are a type of Greek bean, which are related to scarlet runner beans, and very similar to lime beans. Plaki translates to the method of baking or braising the beans by roasting in the oven with vegetables. Not to play favorites, but these Greek giant beans may be my favorite yet.

The secret to these beans is soaking them overnight, simmering them in a creamy tomato sauce, and finally baking them until crispy and golden. Drizzle a little extra olive oil on top, and serve with feta cheese and crusty bread. 

These Greek Giant Beans Are

  • Hearty
  • Rich
  • Satisfying
  • Simple
  • Plant-Based
  • Crispy on the Outside
  • Creamy in the Middle
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free
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Make Greek Giant Beans Vegetarian or Vegan

This vegetarian gigantes plaki is a simple way to get extra bean and vegetables on your plate. These beans are a great naturally plant-based meal.

Browse all our plant-based recipes to find your next favorite. These easy and tasty recipes are fantastic meatless meals for your table.

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What’s In Gigantes Plaki?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Gigantes Beans – you can get authentic Gigandes beans online here. If you can’t find gigantes beans but still want to try this recipe, you can substitute giant lima beans like these.
  • Bay Leaves: I always add bay leaves to every bean recipe or soup I make. It gives them beans a deep flavor which is savory and delicious! When I lived in California I had laurel bay trees in my backyard, and I used to pick the dried leaves, now I buy them in bulk!
  • Greek olive oil – if you’re going to make this recipe right, I’d recommend a Greek olive oil, which is one of the stars of this dish – made from kalamata olives.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrot
  • Bell Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Sea salt & Black pepper
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Low Sodium Vegetable Stock – I like to use this low sodium vegetable stock for my recipes because it has great flavor… without all the salt. I always use low sodium or no-salt-added broth or stock to start, and then I can add salt or other spices later if needed. Check out more low sodium recipes here!
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How Do You Make Greek Plaki with Giant Beans?

  1. Place beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  2. Drain the beans, and cover with fresh water. Place the beans in a Dutch oven or pot and boil for 30 minutes, skimming any foam from the top of the pot. Drain, and rinse beans. Then add them back to the pot with fresh water and the bay leaf and boil for 1.5 hours until beans are cooked.
  3. Drain beans and set aside.
  4. In a Dutch oven, add the olive oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  5. Add the carrot, bell pepper, and diced tomatoes to the pot and sauté over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock. Add the beans and continue to cook over low heat for 15 more minutes until the beans are coated in the sauce and beginning to bubble.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the Dutch oven on the center rack of your oven, or if you don’t have a Dutch oven, the transfer the beans to a baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes until the beans are crispy on the sides.
  8. Serve beans with extra parsley, feta cheese, and crusty bread.

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Greek Giant Beans (Gigantes Plaki)

This Greek Giant Beans recipe (gigantes plaki) is a hearty side dish made with beans in a delicious tomato and olive oil sauce. Greek giant beans are soaked, cooked, and slow baked in a irresistible vegetables and tomatoes until the edges are crisped to perfection.
4.75 from 4 votes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek
Servings 8
Calories 343 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb gigantes plaki beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 28 ounces Diced Tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups Vegetable Stock

Instructions
 

  • Place beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  • Drain the beans, and cover with fresh water. Place the beans in a Dutch oven or pot and boil for 30 minutes, skimming any foam from the top of the pot. Drain, and rinse beans. Then add them back to the pot with fresh water and the bay leaf and boil for 1.5 hours until beans are cooked.
  • Drain beans and set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, add the olive oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the carrot, bell pepper, and diced tomatoes to the pot and sauté over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock. Add the beans and continue to cook over low heat for 15 more minutes until the beans are coated in the sauce and beginning to bubble.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the Dutch oven on the center rack of your oven, or if you don’t have a Dutch oven, the transfer the beans to a baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes until the beans are crispy on the sides.
  • Serve beans with extra parsley, feta cheese, and crusty bread.

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Nutrition

Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 320mgPotassium: 1258mgFiber: 13gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2046IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 6mg
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8 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    I made this recipe, but have. Few suggestions, its alot of liquid especially after cooking the beans..so maybe take the foil off so it thickens more naturally..
    I also added Oregano and Fresh Thyme..after which I removed the thyme branches..seems it needed more flavor!

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