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Styrian "gigantes" (Scarlet Runner Bean Casserole)

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“This is a styrian version (Styria, Province of Austria) of a hearty, simple and vegan Greek Bean dish, that tastes heavenly and uses "Käferbohnen" (Scarlet runner beans) instead of white giant beans. If you can't get hold of Scarlet Runner Beans use giant beans instead. The original recipe calls for about 200ml olive oil, i cut that lavish amount in half, and still find it's enough oil left :). Prep.time comes without beansoaking time!”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 300 g scarlet runner beans (dry or 400g canned)
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 onion (white, large)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 tomatoes (fresh or 1 large can tomatoes without juice)
  • salt and pepper


  1. If using dried beans, soak them overnight and cook according to package instructions (usually for 90min.).
  2. Cut onion in about 0,5cm pieces, mince garlic, peel and seed tomatoes (put in boiling water for about 30sec.) and chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Heat olive oil and add onion and garlic. Let fry until translucent.
  4. Add beans and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer to baking dish and let bake for about 20-25 minute at 175°C (until the beans go lightly crispy).
  7. Enjoy with white bread, such as baguette, ciabatta or pita. The oil onion mixture tastes heavenly when dipped into.

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