Greek String Beans in Red Sauce (Fasolakia Kokinista)
1 lb fresh string beans
1 onion, diced
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
5-8 whole allspice balls
1 t oregano
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra if necessary
4 red potatoes.
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sauté the onions in oil till translucent.
Add the string beans and sauté for 5-10 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Be sure to completely empty the can of tomato sauce by adding water.
Stir well and cover the pot. There should be enough liquid in the pot to almost cover the potatoes.
Simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked.
Uncover the pot and allow to simmer until the liquid is reduced to a desired consistency.
Season with salt and pepper. If the tomatoes are too bitter, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar to the sauce.
NOTE: this is supposed to be an oily dish, so don’t be shy with the olive oil.