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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Debra's Greek Baked Beans

Dear butter beans, lima beans and your kin -

I take back every mean thing I ever said about you. I called you vulgar, disgusting, vile, repugnant, an abomination to beans .... I said you tasted like grass. I have hated you my whole life. I have sat in protest at your appearance on my dinner plate as a child ... I have been threatened with "having you for breakfast" if I didn't eat those said beans on my dinner plate. I have literally gagged myself trying to swallow you without chewing, so I wouldn't have to taste you. I just hadn't used you in the right way. I didn't know any better ... I didn't know I needed to let you mingle with garlic, carrots, onion and tomatoes. You went from being the worst thing imaginable to a sweet, sweet delight .... I now understand why Debra said she loves you! I thought she was crazy! Seriously, I had to try you for myself and the rest is now history. I will never call you names again .... I will not scoff at you in the grocery store .... I will not pick you out of my mixed vegetables. I might even tell people I "like" you. Please forgive my lack of a good recipe and everything I've ever held against you. Debra has changed my mind! 


Look at this picture ....

It looks like the farthest thing from being vile and disgusting, doesn't it?! The smell ... oh, my! .... The smell while this was baking - amazing! I could not wait to try them! It's hard to imagine something so simple, smelling so wonderful. I got this recipe from a loyal Love Bakes Good Cake's reader named Debra. I wasn't really sure what to expect ... I didn't know what it would look like, what it would taste like ... I followed Debra's notes - it is her idea and her recipe! I hope this is close and does her bean recipe justice! :)

This is a great Meatless Monday meal. It's easy on the budget, too! I was so impressed with the flavor of this dish, I may even try switching up the variety of beans. I think cannellini beans or great northern beans would be great also! We served this with a side salad and garlic bread.

Debra's Greek Baked Beans
Yield: 4-5 servings

1 lb. dry butter beans
A few swirls of olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped
Feta cheese, crumbled

In the morning, place the beans in a large pot. Cover with enough water to be about two inches over the beans and soak until about 2-3 hours before dinnertime. Bring the water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 45 minutes to an hour, or until the beans are tender. Add more water, if necessary.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, drizzle a few swirls of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onions and jalapeno. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, tomatoes, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Add ¾ cup of the bean water to the reserved tomato mixture and stir. Drain beans. Add beans to the tomato mixture and mix well. Place in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes, or until most of the liquid and beans have formed a sauce.

Top with chopped parsley and Feta cheese. Serve immediately!

*** I'm guessing you could use canned butter bean to make this a quicker meal. Prepare the tomato mixture and combine with the beans. Bake as noted above. You may or may not need to add the water, use your best judgement!

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Pinned! Looks really delicious, Jamie. Thanks for sharing,

  2. These beans look great! I'm going to have to try this recipe soon.

  3. I haven't eaten a butter bean in a long time. I used to eat them with ham hocks! Yum. This recipe looks good and I will add it to my list of things to make. I am always looking for a good vegetarian recipe!

  4. Sounds like an interesting way to eat beans...not the typical recipes. I think I'll like it. Gail (

  5. Lol! Jamie you are so funny, yes I have always had the same feelings about these beans but your right these do look so good:) And with salad and bread, yummy sounding:)
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  6. I've always liked butter beans. I'm sure I'll like these even more.

  7. Love your funny post. Pinning. Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

  8. Yum! I love beans and have used butter beans for years in a few recipe. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Growing up in Italian family I ate well seasoned beans all of my life and love them. I can see if not seasoned that they would be pretty dreary to eat. So sorry you had such a bad childhood experience with them.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing at Heavenly Treats Sunday! I love baked beans!

  11. Love baked beans and this recipe looks amazing. thanks fro sharing on Foodie Friends Friday~ remember to come and vote tomorrow.

  12. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Now if I can only convince my husband that beans aren't disgusting...

    I would love if you would share your recipe at my Pin Party.

  14. I never knew there was Greek Beans - but one of my favorite cuisine is Greek. I love Greek food and beans wow - I'll so be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  15. This looks yummy! and I think it is funny that it changed your mind about butter beans :)
    I would love to have you link this up to my linky party!

  16. That looks so Good! I've only cooked them with ham or chicken or something that will clog your arteries. I can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes on Thursday's Treasures Week 47. Looking forward to more amazing recipes! <3 and hugs!

  17. This sounds great and different!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  18. Yum! This is definitely different. I'll let you know if I give it a try! Thanks for linking up :)

  19. Hi it's me Debra. This is one of the many recipes that I learned from my wonderful Greek Mother-in-Law. It is also one of the foods that I don't know how I ever lived without. lol Jamie I am a fan of yours. I am tickled pink to know that you enjoyed these beans. Have a wonderul week filled with filling yumminess.

  20. Hello, I followed your link from Meatless Monday's at Gooseberry. This recipe immediately caught my eye because it reminded me of a Greek dish that I grew up with. Sure enough it is sans the jalapeno. I think that will only add to it. Just printed it out thank you!!



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