Vegetarian Dish

Greek Gigantes. How to make Greek style baked lima beans

This lima bean vegetarian dish recipe is a delicious and easy meal. It takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare, and it's filling enough to serve as a main course.

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Lima bean vegetarian dish recipe

I once ate Gigantes Plaki, baked lima beans made the Greek way, at a Mediterranean restaurant in Baltimore city. It came as a “mezze,” an appetizer, served at a restaurant of the same name. I was hooked.

Although I tend not to love anything drowning in a tomato sauce, this dish was different. The creaminess of the lima beans was the perfect foil to the tangy tomatoes, reduced in the oven to a rich, mellow sweetness.

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I have since made this dish many times, and although I can’t claim that it is a rip-off of the original, I daresay it is pretty good.

Front shot of a white bowl with gigantes plaki, Greek style baked lima beans.

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Gigantes, as limas are called in Greece because of their gigantic size among beans, are among my favorite beans to cook in a hurry because they get tender on the stovetop in no time at all- unlike most other beans that require hours, or, if you have a pressure cooker, at least a few dozen minutes. These lima beans are cooked to perfect doneness in about 25 minutes on the stovetop, without any soaking time. Now beat that.

There are also only just a bare minimum of ingredients in this recipe, and nearly everything comes out of a can or a jar, making it perfect winter food. I needed a can of tomatoes, a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste, an onion, a few cloves of garlic, and a couple of jarred herbs- I used oregano and thyme, although dill features quite often in other recipes for this dish.

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More recipes to try:

  • Lemony Greek Potatoes
  • Lima bean mashed potatoes
  • Pasta with greens and beans
  • Mushroom lima bean stew
  • Lima Bean Curry

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