Greek-style beans

This traditional Greek bean recipe is passed down from my grandmother (probably from her mother) to my mum. These beans are delicious on the side of a casserole, moussaka or lasagne, or with some roast meat or steak. 

1 brown onion
2 tomatoes
2-3 cloves garlic
A few sprigs of parsley, leaves only
A few sprigs of mint, leaves only
1 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of salt and pepper
A sprinkle of chilli flakes
Splash of olive oil
A good handful of green string beans (about 250 grams)

Peel and dice the onion. Dice the tomatoes. Peel and crush the garlic. Wash and take the ends off the beans. Leave them whole or cut them n half.

In a medium saucepan, heat a splash of oil and saute the onion, tomatoes, chopped herbs and garlic together with the salt, pepper and chilli flakes until the onions are clear. Add the paprika and cook off for another minute. Add the beans, stir, and add enough water to cover the beans. Cover and simmer over low heat for up to an hour until the water is absorbed. Taste for salt, pepper and chilli and adjust according to taste.


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