Do you like beans? If you nodded yes to yourself then you are at the right place. Butter beans or also known as Lima beans are a 100% tastier than plain white beans. They are bigger in size that’s why we call them “Gigantes” in Greek which means Giants.
Dried For A Better Taste
We almost always prefer them in their dried white form instead of the fresh green ones. They are much tastier but they also require a bit of extra preparation (soaking before cooking) they totally worth it though.
These creamy-textured beans with their buttery flavor are also packed with nutrients providing us with so many health benefits.
They are rich in high-quality protein as well as soluble fiber which helps regulate blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol. They also contain insoluble fiber, which helps to prevent constipation and digestive disorders.
The Greek Butter Beans Recipe
As for the cooking method, the Greek “Plaki” refers to a food being baked in tomato sauce. Like this delicious butter beans recipe that dresses the beans in a strong-flavored tomato sauce packed with lots of fresh herbs. To make them I first soaked and boiled them in a large stockpot (they need their space to boil) and then finish off by baking them in a large 11×15 inch baking pan (which I also use for making Mousaka) so they will bake evenly.
Most people like to top them with some crumbled feta cheese but what I personally love to have them with and truly recommend you should try is to serve them along with some fried pieces of spicy Greek sausage it’s a match made in heaven.