© Markus Biedermann
Although meat and seafood dominate much of Portuguese cuisine, there are also popular recipes that are perfect for vegetarians. One of these is Peixinhos da Horta – breaded green beans. Because of the vegetable’s resemblance to small, colourful fish, the recipe translates as “little fish from the garden”. The beans are eaten as a starter or snack with dip or a squeeze of lemon juice.
Ingredients for 4 servings
- 400 g bush beans
- Salt, pepper, cumin
- 120 g spelt flour
- 10 g corn starch
- Salt, paprika, cumin, fennel
- 3 eggs (or aquafaba)
- 200 g breadcrumbs
- 50 g hard cheese like Sbrinz, grated
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- Weigh and prepare all the ingredients. Wash and prepare the beans.
- Blanch the beans briefly in boiling salted water, drain and cool.
- Prepare the flour-starch mixture in a plate and season. Beat eggs and season (for vegan version: use aquafaba instead of eggs). Mix breadcrumbs with grated hard cheese. Preheat oven with fan to 195 °C.
- Flour the beans, pass through the egg and coat in breadcrumbs. Spread the breaded beans on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Bake in the oven until the beans are nice and golden brown. Serve warm. The baked beans can also be reheated. Brush everything with egg.
Suitable dips: Hummus, tartar sauce, garlic mayonnaise.