Santorini – My Favorite Recipe – Aginares me Koukia

Stewed artichokes with fava beans (Aginares me Koukia ) is a traditional Greek favorite that is loved by vegans and meat-eaters alike and one of my favorite dishes to eat when in Santorini.  This dish is light but filling and the lemon broth with fresh dill titillates the tastebuds.  Aginares me Koukia is usually served solo but I love it as an accompaniment to lamb.

This recipe was given to me by a 79-year-old grandmother who still loves to cook for her family, during one of my trips to Santorini.  For the best results, fresh ingredients are suggested but one can also make this dish using frozen artichokes and dried fava beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh, young fava beans (or 1 cup of dried fava beans)
  • 8 fresh artichokes (or 10 – 12 frozen artichoke hearts)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil (preferably Greek)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 1 lemon quartered
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Directions

Pre-cooking: If using dried fava beans – simmer the fava beans for about 40 minutes and strain them.  If using fresh artichokes – slice the stem of the artichokes and remove the outer leaves.  Cut each in half.  Rub each artichoke half with lemon and put them all in a bowl of water to prevent discoloration.

Sauté onion, and garlic in olive oil on low heat for 2 minutes.  Add beans, artichokes, marjoram, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and white wine. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 of the dill. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Garnish with remaining dill and scallions. Serve warm from the stove with crusty bread.

Enjoy!  I would love to know how your’s turns out! Leave your comments below or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/globalgastronome/

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