Greeks love their tomatoes. Almost any vegetable side dish is made with fresh or canned tomatoes and a nice long simmer or roasting. Tomatoes get nice and sweet when they are cooked for a long period of time, and they add some oomph to otherwise boring vegetables. Bamies, or okra, are my favorite vegetable, by far, the “Greek” way. Unfortunately I have a very hard time finding fresh okra here for some reason. And, the frozen variety is sliced, which I am not a fan of in a dish like this. So you better belive that whenever I find a decent amount of good looking, fresh okra bamies are made.
I make green beans the exact same way I make bamies. I also make peas very similarly, using frozen peas but using a plentiful amount of dill instead of parsley. If you want, you can throw in some potatoes (which I prefer in the green beans and the okra) or some fresh sliced mushrooms (which I prefer in the peas).
Greek-Style Stewed Vegetables
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1.5 cups crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1.5 lb. fresh okra or fresh trimmed green beans
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add green beans, water, crushed tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower heat a little to cook and thicken. It will take about 40-50 minutes. Add water or tomatoes as necessary.