Food for Friends

Giampi's Baked Beans

A dish from a surprise supper at Giampi’s.
Late November 2009

Ingredients: 450 grams of dried white beans, 3 chopped fresh tomatoes (or a tin of tomatoes), two cloves of garlic, a little fresh dill if possible (dried if you can't get any fresh), 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

1. Soak the dried white beans in boiled water for 12 hours.

2. Drain the beans and place in a saucepan with about twice as much water and bring to the boil.

3. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until the beans are soft - add more water if necessary.

4. Once the beans are soft transfer to an oven dish, mix the tomatoes, garlic, dill and the olive oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper and chilli flakes 

5. Place in the oven on moderate heat and serve once the tomatoes are cooked and much of the moisture has evaporated.

6. Serve with more oil and some good bread.