Friday, November 9, 2012

Recipe: Gigantes bean and Vegetable Gratin

This is a gorgeaus dish that my boyfriend invented recently, that I thought was so nice i asked him for the recipe to put up on here. I was quite surprised really that Nick came up with this sort of dish, as normally if i ever cook him anything vegetarian he's moans "what no meat??". Fairly healthy as well I suppose. I love those jarred greek gigantes beans in tomato sauce that you get in delis/ the "world" section of supermarkets. The brand we used is called "Odysea Baked Gigantes Beans". About the chilli- last weekend we went to the food market that is held regularly in Green Park station in Bath, and we bought this yellow chilli from a small stall selling bits and bobs. We mainly bought it because the vendor said to Nick how horrifyingly spicy it was and of course Nick had to take up that challenge. If you cant find any yellow chillis about just put a whole red one in there instead.

Gigantes bean and vegetable gratin (serves 2)

355g Jar of baked giganti beans in tomato sauce and olive oil
1/3 of a large leek, sliced
1/4 red onion, diced
Clove garlic, crushed
1/4 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 a yellow chilli, diced finely
6 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp tomato chutney
2 ripe fresh tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp grated parmesan
15g grated cheddar
15g grated cheshire
2 tbsp breadcrumbs

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Tip off oil from top of the jar of butterbeans jar into a saucepan (or just use a splash of olive oil). Fry onions, leeks, garlic and chilli, and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes. Mix in beans, chutney and chopped fresh tomatoes. Season to taste and transfer to baking dish and cover with the grated cheese and breadcrumbs.
3. Bake for 25 mins.Remove and serve!

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