Flat Beans with Tomato and Olive Oil (Fasolakia Ladera)


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I was browsing my recipes and I realized that it has been a long time since I have posted a Greek dish. The reason is because I don’t cook so much Greek meals as International ones. I leave the traditional Greek food to my mother, who cooks for us a few days during the week.
But, I have started a diet, formally and officiallyand this type of meal is in my week’s schedule, so what a better opportunity to make it and write about it!

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This type of meal belongs to a category called in Greek, ‘Ladera’, which means ‘Oily’ and took its name by the fact that you pour a good amount of olive oil towards the end of cooking. Of course, nowadays the quantity of oil in the dish has decreased, for health and dietary reasons. I am giving you the lighter version here and if you ever decide to make them remember that this dish goes perfectly with feta cheese and warm bread!

Flat Beans with Tomato and Olive Oil (Fasolakia Ladera)

Ingredients
1 kilo/2 pounds flat beans
1 green pepper, sliced
1 big onion, chopped
400 gr./14 oz chopped tomatoes in their juice
1 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup olive oil or 1/4 cup if you want it even lighter
2 tsp sugar
2 bay leaves
A bunch of parsley finely chopped
Pepper
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Instructions
1. In a big pot pour the 3 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the onion and peppers.
2. Add the flat beans and sauté for couple of minutes.
3. Pour the tomatoes and their juice, the water, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the bay leaves, the sugar and pepper.
4. When it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium and let it cook for an hour and a half or until they are soft. If you see that they need more liquid, just add some more water about ¼ cup per time.

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5. You taste and if they are soft, throw the parsley, the salt and the olive oil and let them boil for another 10 to 15 minutes.
6. If they are still firm let them boil for another 10 minutes and then check them again.

They go perfectly with feta cheese and warm, straight from the oven, bread!

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I am sending this to Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen!

Flat Beans with Tomato and Olive Oil (Fasolakia Ladera)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 kilo/2 pounds flat beans
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 400 gr./14 oz chopped tomatoes in their juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A bunch of parsley finely chopped
  • Pepper

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a big pot pour the 3 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the onion and peppers.
  2. Add the flat beans and sauté for couple of minutes.
  3. Pour the tomatoes and their juice, the water, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the bay leaves, the sugar and pepper.
  4. When it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium and let it cook for an hour and a half or until they are soft. If you see that they need more liquid, just add some more water about ¼ cup per time.
  5. You taste and if they are soft, throw the parsley, the salt and the olive oil and let them boil for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. If they are still firm let them boil for another 10 minutes and then check them again. They go perfectly with feta cheese and warm, straight from the oven, bread!

Φασολάκια Λαδερά
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 κιλό φασολάκια
  • 1 πράσινη πιπεριά, κομμένη σε φέτες
  • 1 μεγάλο κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 400 γρ. κονκασέ
  • 1 φλιτζάνι νερό
  • 3 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 2 κ.γ. αλάτι
  • ½ κ.γ. τριμμένο μοσχοκάρυδο
  • ½ κ.γ. κανέλα
  • ⅓ φλιτζάνι ελαιόλαδο
  • 2 κ.γ. ζάχαρη
  • 2 φύλλα δάφνης
  • μια χούφτα κομμένο μαιντανό
  • Πιπέρι

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε μια κατσαρόλα βάζουμε τις 3 κ.σ. του ελαιολάδου και σωτάρουμε το κρεμμύδι και τις πιπεριές.
  2. Προσθέτουμε τα φασολάκια και σωτάρουμε για δύο λεπτά.
  3. Ρίχνουμε το κονκασέ, το νερό, το μοσχοκάρυδο, την κανέλα, τα φύλλα δάφνης, την ζάχαρη και το πιπέρι.
  4. Όταν αρχίζει να βράζει, χαμηλώνουμε τη θερμοκρασία στο μέτριο και το μαγειρεύουμε για μία με μιάμιση ώρα.
  5. Αν δείτε ότι χρειάζονται περισσότερα υγρά, απλά να προσθέστε νερό περίπου ¼ φλιτζάνι τη φορά.
  6. Όταν μαλακώσουν αρκετά, ρίξτε το μαϊντανό, το αλάτι και το ελαιόλαδο και αφήστε τα να βράζουν για άλλα 10 με 15 λεπτά.
  7. Αν κρατάνε ακόμα, αφήστε τα να βράσουν για 10 λεπτά και στη συνέχεια ελέγξτε τα ξανά.
  8. Πάνε τέλεια με τυρί φέτα και ζεστό, κατευθείαν από το φούρνο, ψωμί!

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  45. Ramya Manja says:

    Wow what a splendid combo it is,looks absolutely mouthwatering,I wonder how awesome it tastes with bay leaf,nutmeg and olive oil….

    Happy Blogging n Enjoy Cooking..

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  47. This looks delicious. I love the ingredients for these flat beans.

    Good luck to you on your diet.

    Velva

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  49. Raina says:

    These sound wonderful, I love the flavor combo. I am trying to eat better too; this sounds like a good way to start:)

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  51. Cucina49 says:

    This looks amazing–I’m not sure I’ve seen flat beans around here, but am wondering how this would be with snow peas!

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  53. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    We grow Flat Beans in our garden and this will be an awesome recipe for us to try. They look delicious! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  55. I’m glad you lightened up the oil. I would never have thought to combine cinnamon and nutmeg with beans, but I have to say it sounds great. Saved this one!

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  57. I am not very fond of flat beans but with those delicious flavours I can’t wait to try this. I would perhaps add lots of garlic to it. Yum!!

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  59. Sutapa says:

    I love flat beans and today I get to know another deliciously flavorful way of cooking it! Great sharing friend!

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  62. MayMoh says:

    Mmmm…looks healthy and delicious. I love flat beans. I think it’s called runner beans here. I like it stir fried with lots of minced garlic and more oil and then with a splash or 2 of light soya sauce. It’s quite a while I have not cooked it. I should go and buy some soon. Thanks very much for reminding.

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  64. Pela says:

    Καλησπέρα Κατερίνα μου! σε περιμένει βραβειάκι στο σπιτάκι μας! καλό βράδυ!

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  66. Beth says:

    I think everything would be delicious, served with feta cheese and warm bread. Thanks for this Greek recipe!

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  68. I truly love these flat beans…what we call Pole beans, even more than the regular green beans! So delicious with the tomato sauce, that I have been making for the last 30yrs. I’m so happy that we share the same method…almost the same exact recipe. Yumm:DDD

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  70. Reeni says:

    What a wonderful mix of flavors Katerina! It’s calling my name with the cinnamon and nutmeg! These remind me of Italian green beans, only those are usually shorter.

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  72. Liz says:

    Mmmmm….I love veggie dishes that are packed full of flavor…and these beans look wonderful!

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  74. Miriam says:

    Gotta tell ya, those beans sound SO good right now. Thanks for sharing :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  76. Thank you and wonderful blog too! I adore Greek food and that is a wonderful recipe for broad beans. Love them but I never do anything original with them.

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  78. Joanne says:

    I love how freshly flavored Greek food can be…so refreshing. And I love the spices in these green beans! Nutmeg and cinnamon…you’re speaking my language.

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  80. This bean dish looks really flavourful and saucy!

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  82. Zoe says:

    Congrats with your award!

    This flat bean dish looks very yummy with lots of delicious flavours. Glad that I’m getting lots of food ideas from you.

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  84. Susan says:

    I love bean dishes and this one looks unique to me but so delicious and full of flavor. Good luck with your diet! I see a lovely tiramisu below that is tempting me :)

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  86. Faith says:

    This looks amazing! It reminds me of a green bean my Syrian mother-in-law makes that I absolutely love! The spices in there are delicious!

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  88. Amy Tong says:

    This is such a healthy dish! I love the flavor combination. My Mother-In-Law has a very similar dish, but she also adds pork chop into it. :)

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  90. Dana says:

    My grandmother makes something very similar but with greenbeans instead of these flat beans. I love the flavors in this dish, and your serving suggestion of topping it with a little feta and serving with crusty bread sounds amazing!

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  92. Asmita says:

    Delicious way of preparing beans. Yummy!!!

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  94. I learn a new Greek recipe today via your sharing. I too have learned to reduce oil in my cooking or go for more of the healthy ones like olive or cannola oil. Though we don’t eat much bread at home I will pair this lovely bean recipe with our white rice as a side dish.

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  96. Julie M. says:

    Yum! Can I have your mom come by and cook for me? That sounds fabulous! I’m looking forward to trying it out soon.

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  98. sally says:

    The nutmeg and cinnamon sound like a nice addition to this yummy bean dish!

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  100. kristy says:

    Oh what a great way making the flat beans. I haven’t try cooking beans with tomato sauce before. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing this healthy dish.
    Hope you’re all well. Have a lovely day!
    Blessings
    Kristy

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  102. What an interesting and different twist on a bean dish!

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  104. This recipe is a new one to me! I really like the spices that are included in this dish. After seeing this, I am thinking that my other bean recipes seem a little bit bland…this one looks to be packed with flavor. Great post-yum!

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  106. Julia says:

    Exquisite! A very tasty to eat green beans, cooked in this manner with the tomato and other ingredients that you post, make these delicious beans. I love!

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  108. this is new to me, never tried greek cusine.. looks very nice & easy to make

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  110. Yummy! Looks so perfect with a cup of steamed rice!

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  112. divya says:

    That looks so awesome and yummy…

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  114. April says:

    These look amazing. I love any kind of bean. I wonder if I will be able to find them here. I will bookmark and attempt!

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  116. Juliana says:

    Can you believe that I never cooked this bean? Looks delicious the way that you prepared them with nutemeg and cinnamon.
    Thanks for this recipe and hope you have a nice week Katerina :)

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  118. Corina says:

    These look beautiful. I love it when you post Greek recipes.

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  120. Kristen says:

    Those beans sound so flavorful. I must pick up some more beans when I go to the store next.

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  122. Sandi says:

    This dish w/feta and warm bread D O E S sound wonderful! Truly mouth watering photos :)

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  124. Louanne says:

    Katerina, these look so delicious! I love your Greek recipes….

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  126. Looks absolutely delicious! I’ve been watching my diet, too, and this would fit right in. Good luck with yours!

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  128. Just in time…we are starting to get lush beans and all sorts of veggies appearing in our markets. Looks delicious and healthy.

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  131. Rita says:

    Looks and sounds fabulous! Now all I have to do is try to find these beautiful flat beans in my corner; maybe when summer comes around.
    Rita

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  133. Barbara says:

    Love the cinnamon and nutmeg in these, Katerina. I’ve never cooked with flat beans….I know they take longer to cook.

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  135. Jeannie says:

    That dish looks absolutely delicious! I would love to taste some:D

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  137. Marion says:

    Ωραία τα φασολάκια σου Κατερίνα μου.
    Εγώ δεν βάζω δάφνη & κανέλα. Πολύ μου άρεσε αυτή η προσθήκη.
    Θα το δοκιμάσω την επόμενη φορά.
    Καλή εβδομάδα

    Φιλιά

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  139. Marina says:

    This is something I need to make. I have a lot of green beans (would it work?) and twisting my head what to make of it. Fasolakia it is then. Great post, Katerina!

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  141. Ξανθή says:

    Υπέροχο φαγητό αν μάλιστα τα φασολάκια είναι καλά!!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα!!

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  143. Πραγματικά πολύ κλασικό και αγαπημένο φαγάκι! Ειδικά το καλοκαίρι που τα φασολάκια και οι ντομάτες είναι στα φόρτε τους, είναι σκέτο γλύκισμα!

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  145. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου συγχαρητήρια για το βραβείο σου!!!Πολύ ωραίο φαγητό τα φασολάκια ,το έχεις κάνει υπέροχο με πολύ ωραία αρώματα!!!Φιλιά!!!

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  147. ola says:

    This dish I ofetn used to see in hotels, I am not a fan of beans but from time to time-why not:)

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  149. Elpiniki says:

    I dont really like fasolakia, but this dish looks… tempting!

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  151. Pela says:

    καλημερούδια Κατερίνα μου και καλή εβδομάδα!! εγώ προσωπικά τρελαίνομαι για παραδοσιακά φαγητά γενικώς και για λαδερά ειδικώς! κι επειδή έχω μέρες να φάω λαδερό τρέχω στην κουζίνα να φτιάξω κι εγώ!! α! και συγχαρητήρια για το βραβείο!! φιλιάαααα

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