Fasolakia Yiyantes Sto Fourno (Oven-Baked Greek Beans)

Course : Greek
Serves: 6
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2 pounds dried giant white beans
2 cups oil
1 head garlic
3 medium Onions -- med., chopped
1 tablespoon celery -- chopped
1/2 cup parsley -- minced
1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
1 cup hot water
1 3/4 pounds tomatoes -- peeled, strained or
1 tablespoon tomato paste + 1 1/2 c water
1 tablespoon addtl water as needed

Preparation / Directions:

Wash the beans, place in water, and soak them overnight. Drain them, then place in a pot of fresh cold salted water; cook for 45 min.; drain. Meanwhile, place oil, garlic, and onions in a baking pan and bake in preheated 350F. oven until golden. Add beans, celery, parsley, salt and pepper, and hot water. Bake 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, stir the beans, pour in tomatoes (or diluted tomato paste). Return to oven and bake until only the oil remains.

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