What’s for Dinner Today?

Fasolakia (Green Beans in Olive Oil)
(Recipe adapted from Greek Cookery: 300 Traditional Recipes. Athens, 1996)

This is a very inexpensive, easy dish to make for dinner. You can serve it on its own or as a side. Sprinkle mitzithra on the top (or parmesan if mitzithra is unavailable) and be sure to have plenty of fresh bread to sop up the juices!!

  • 1kg. (2lbs) fresh green beans
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 potatoes (optional)
  • 3 zucchini, sliced or red peppers (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ripe tomatoes or 1 tin peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Parsley (fresh or dried)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Pinch of sugar

Clean and wash the beans and zucchini thoroughly. Heat the oil in a pot and saute the onion. Add the remaining ingredients except the potatoes, along with a little water, and let simer for 20 minutes, then add the potatoes, cut into quarters. If necessary, add a little more water and cook until well done. Serve lukewarm.

Variation: The sauteing of the onion may be omitted and all the ingredients placed in the pot at once. This makes the dish lighter.

Isobel’s Notes: I usually use the pressure cooker for this without sauteing the onion…15 minutes and then let it simmer without a lid until the juices have reduced. (add the potatoes during the simmering stage) I don’t add as much tomato as is suggested in the recipe. You can adjust to your taste. I like to add the red pepper – to me, this tastes the best.

Kali sas orixi! (Good eats!)


6 thoughts on “What’s for Dinner Today?

  1. Joanne, the hardest part of this recipe is trimming the beans!! We usually eat it as a meal, but some people always like meat on their plates. Hope you give it a try!


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