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Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

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Comforting as they are simple, these baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes remind me of home and speak to my heart. 

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

How happy am I to be back here after what seems like forever! I have been working on projects almost non stop for the last couple of months and even though I much enjoy collaborations and the challenges and joy they bring, cooking purely for pleasure, following a craving or inspired by an ingredient is always what I love the most. That and sharing it all here.

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

I’ve made these baked beans (and variations of them) time and time again since Christmas and every time, my fondness seems to grow; it’s no surprise really, as all things I like can be found in this simple, rustic and unassuming dish: pulses, a little spice and a thick sauce that requires fat chunks of bread for lots of dunking. The initial idea is based on one of my favourite dishes from back home: giant beans (gigantes) baked in a tomato sauce, until bubbly, thick and just a little charred on top. My mom often throws in some celery and carrots, along with generous slices of fragrant sausages. It’s hearty, rich, delicious and truly representative of how comforting, humble and heart warming Greek food can be. I’ve taken a few short-cuts and made tweaks here, but tried to preserve the soulfulness of the dish.

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

So start with your spices, then a big knob of butter (the smell of the two really is intoxicating!), some olive oil and a big dollop of spicy, fragrant harissa paste. Honey for some balance, chorizo for texture and saltiness, beans and sun dried tomatoes for all around goodness. And you’re done- bake covered in foil, let the aromas fill the kitchen, slice some bread, have some creamy Greek yogurt and fresh parsley at hand and get ready to dig in.

* Feel free to omit the chorizo, butter and yogurt for a vegan version, substituting with extra sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. It’ll be equally delicious.

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

Baked beans with harissa, chorizo & sun dried tomatoes

WHAT

smoked paprika & ground cumin- 1 teaspoon of each

1 tablespoon olive oil

25g unsalted butter

2 teaspoons harissa paste

1 tablespoon honey

60g chorizo, sliced

2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 can plum tomatoes, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

10 sun dried tomatoes

to serve: fresh parsley, Greek yogurt

HOW

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (170ºC FAN).
  2. Warm and medium sized pan over medium heat. Add the spices and cook for about 4’. Add the olive oil and butter, stir well and then add the harissa and honey.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the chickpeas, plum tomatoes, salt and sun dried tomatoes.
  4. Tip into a baking dish, add 120ml water and bake in the preheated oven for 30’ covered loosely with foil. Remove the foil and bake for another 10’.
  5. Take out of the oven and serve with big dollops of yogurt, fresh parsley and lots of crusty bread.

Black eyed beans, smoked mackerel & caper leaves

in Savoury, Taste -

Black eyed beans, smoked mackerel & caper leaves

I first had this dish two summers ago at a tiny restaurant in a tiny village in Milos island. We had arrived there on a hot, hot, hot afternoon, following my mom’s directions and her very fond memories of the village she had visited with my dad while she was pregnant. After a very brief stroll around, during which I was constantly repeating over and over again how hungry I was (it’s kinda like my mantra), we started looking for a place to eat. We randomly stopped by that minimally beautiful little restaurant and ordered almost everything on the menu. And what a menu it was: all fish and vegetables, super seasonal and local. And when the food arrived and we had our first bite, we were in love (at least I was). [READ MORE]