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If you’ve got a lot of French beans to use up, especially if they’re past their best…

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Witzend Sun 17-Sep-23 12:25:52

There’s a Greek green bean stew called fasolakia, I think I’ve posted about it before, but it’s very nice, so here goes anyway.

Gently fry plenty of chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic in a couple of tbsps of olive oil, add a couple of tins of good chopped tomatoes (or fresh equivalent if you’ve got a glut of those too), add maybe one tin of water, not too much, and a couple of veg stock cubes, plus a load of beans, ends trimmed. Plus lots of chopped parsley and black pepper.

Bring to boil and simmer gently for at least an hour, but you can also cook it in the oven or maybe the slow cooker.

We’re recently back from Greece and I fancied some, so just made a batch with frozen beans, dunked in boiling water first to thaw and get any ice off.

Serve with fresh crusty bread to mop up all the lovely juices. I have been known to add some cubes of fried halloumi, too.

A good dish for any vegan guests, too.

Auntieflo Sun 17-Sep-23 13:14:34

Oh Witzend, you have made my mouth water, and I was thinking, 'can't be done, no fresh beans', when you mentioned frozen ones. I am off to find the frozen beans and make a batch, right now. Thank you.

Maggiemaybe Sun 17-Sep-23 13:19:26

Thanks, Witzend, I’ll try this, DH has green beans in the allotment and I’m really not keen (I do love the broad beans though!). This might just lift them to a new level.

Auntieflo Sun 17-Sep-23 18:40:25

I made some Witzend and there was plenty to freeze.
Instead of dunking the frozen beans, I just tipped the whole lot in, and used less water.

Gala Sun 17-Sep-23 19:17:29

I make this Witzend & it is very tasty. Your recipe looks more interesting than mine & I'm not very good at simmering it for an hour - far too impatient. I'm going to try your version in the slow cooker, I never thought of doing it that way. Duh!

V3ra Sun 17-Sep-23 19:58:02

Ooh that looks tasty, thank you 😋
We like green beans but I usually just steam them, and they can be a bit hit and miss so I'd like to try this recipe.

Redhead56 Sun 17-Sep-23 21:58:15

I grow a large variety of beans I make lots of different meals with them. I started making runner bean chutney recipe courtesy of the allotment garden website. It's brilliant I add some chilli to spice it up. I make a large batch of it and everyone loves it.