Greek Giant Beans (Gigandes Plaki)


by: maria

Giant beans or Gigandes Plaki is a beloved dish! They are baked in the oven with tomato sauce herbs and vegetables. Their flavor is unforgettable! Trust me when I say that you will change your mind about beans once and for all!


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serves: 5

500gr Giant beans

2 red onions

2 cloves garlic

1 sweet red pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon mint

2 tablespoons parsley

1 chicken bouillon cube or chicken broth

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sugar

Olive oil



pinch A cinnamon

Nutrition Facts
Greek Giant Beans (Gigandes Plaki)

Servings Per Recipe: 5

Amount per Serving

Calories: 111

  • Total Fat: 3.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 851.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.4 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
  •     Sugars: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g

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1.  The night before in a pressure cooker add the beans, one table spoon baking soda and enough boiled water to cover by 2 inches. The next day cook them until ready. Usually 10-20 minutes depending on the beans. Drain, rinse and place in an oven tray.

2.  In a sauce pan add the onions and garlic in thin slices. Sauté until the onion soften.

3.  Add the pepper cut in small pieces and continue sautéing. Pour the wine and let simmer for three minutes. Add tomato paste, oregano, thyme, mint, parsley and cinnamon and sauté for two minutes. Add two glasses of boiled water, the cube and sugar. Let simmer for five minutes.

4.  Season to taste. Be careful the sauce must be quite salty!

5.  Pour the sauce over the beans, it must almost cover them. If not add water. Cover the oven tray in foil and bake for at least 20 minutes. Remove foil and cook until your sauce is mellowed. Serve with plenty feta! Enjoy!

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