Gigantes Plaki Recipe
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Gigantes Plaki Recipe

​​​​​​​Gigantes plaki is a Greek dish and couldn't be easier or tastier. Good for a weekend lunch with friends or something to prepare at the weekend and have during the week as an after-work dinner.


  • 2 tins of butter beans
  • 3 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 800g ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • A pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra to serve


Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for 10 mins until softened but not browned. Add the tomato purée, cook for a further minute, add remaining ingredients, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season generously, then stir in the butter beans.

Move all ingredients into a large ovenproof dish, then bake for an hour at 180 degrees, uncovered and without stirring, until the beans are tender.

Allow to cool, then serve with parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

Share, savour and enjoy!​