I love this time of year, when all of my favourite vegetables are in season. I especially love flat green beans – Φασολάκια – cooked with romano beans in olive oil and onions/tomatoes, a Greek style dish my mom makes.
Greek Style Green Beans – Fasolakia Φασολάκια
6 cups flat green beans (Green Romano beans) trimmed
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
4 tomatoes, grated without skin
1-2 cups fresh pole Romano beans
1 cup boiling water
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut ends off the flat beans and rinse. Steam green beans for 10 minutes – remove from heat.
In a pot, sautee onions until soft. Add garlic and sautee for 1-2 minutes. Add grated tomatoes and stir. Add green beans, and romano beans. Add boiling water. Season with salt and pepper.
Cover pot and stir occasionally. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 1.5 hours, or until most water is gone and only oil is left.