I never used to like lima beans, which is rather odd I suppose as I have quite a supply of different dried beans on hand at all times as they occupy such a central place in my diet. My first experience was less than pleasant, as I used beans from a can that had a slimy texture that just didn't work with a mixed bean salad, and another time I made a huge pot of "lucky bean" soup that lacked any real flair and seemed as if it could have fed five thousand men.
That was during my early days of exploring vegetarian food and cooking. Since then, my cooking skills have strengthened and my knowledge and palate are more refined, and this recipe certainly proved to me that often when we think we don't like certain foods, it is because of how they have been prepared and served. Lima beans or giant lima beans — gigantes — have joined the ranks with the other dried legumes in my kitchen.
I've shared this dish before on this space but made a few minor changes to the recipe and it's worth sharing again. It's a comforting casserole that you will want to serve on a regular basis. Easy to make, you can prepare the rest of your meal while it bakes in the oven. If this recipe doesn't convert lima bean skeptics, I don't know what will.
|Gigantes Bean Tomato Casserole|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on April 28, 2013
Simple, rich, tangy and flavorful Greek baked bean casserole with dried herbs
More Greek recipes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Quinoa Dolmadakia (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Fried Saganaki with Halloumi on a Greek Tomato Salad with Kalamata Olives
Greek Lentil Soup - Fakes
Skewered Greek Salad