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Overnight-baked garbanzo beans from Sifnos

With this last cold weather where we seemed to be trying to set records for low temperatures it seemed like a good time to do some oven cooking that could help keep things warm.

This recipe comes to me from my good friend David; it’s from Vefa’s Kitchen. That’s  one of the great things about FaceBook–sharing “food porn”  with friends.


2-1/4 cups of garbanzos, soaked overnight
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 large, sliced onions
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (optional–but not to me!)
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (I use a nice Greek one)
course sea salt
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to serve


  • Drain and rinse the garbanzos and put them into an ovenproof casserole dish ( David uses a large Spanish cazuela with lid; I use a Romertopf).
  • Sprinkle with the flour and stir.
  • Put the onions into a bowl, pour water to cover, and let soak for one hour, then drain (this makes them sweeter and remove their “bite”).
  • Preheat oven to 300˚F (150˚C/Gas Mark 2).
  • Stir the onions into the garbanzos together with the peppercorns, garlic, and oil.
  • Season with salt.
  • Pour in water to cover.
  • Cover the casserole dish tightly.
  • Bake for 7 to 10 hours, until all of the liquid is evaporated. (David says in his oven that takes about 9 hours.)
  • Serve hot or at room temperature, sprinkled with a generous amount of fresh lemon juice.

It’s a main with a salad, but these are SO good with the Portuguese lamb stew that I made. This also freezes well if you want to make a big batch to have on hand.




About sa.fifer

Lover of good, wholesome food and wine. Cooks for one and the cat. Likes to paint-- a frustrated botanical illustrator and amateur (photographer) and fledgling birdwatcher, beekeeper, and Kindle addict. Works as a freelance indexer.

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