Adapted from Mediterranean Hot and Spicy.
photo by Anastasios Mentis
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Inspired by the description I found in an ancient text. It seems that Greek volvoi are no longer exported, so you can use the lampascioni from Puglia, either sold roasted or in vinegar. Alternatively you can substitute pickled pearl onions, avoiding the bitter taste all together…
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I make this all the time, with any seasonal vegetable I harvest from the garden – diced tender zucchini, green beans or eggplants in the summer, squash, shredded cabbage, wild greens or spinach in the winter. The Orzo is cooked in the same style as Italian risotto, yielding a wonderful, creamy texture, though still with some bite.
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Athanasia Moraiti, my late mother in law, cooked the mottled fresh cranberry beans together with potatoes and peppers, a combination I had not considered until I tasted it, and loved it. I was under the impression that shelled beans and potatoes were not the best combination for a hearty stew, but I was wrong.
Fresh cranberry beans, called handres (beads), are sold frozen in Greece; they are delicious and cook very fast. Dried beans of any kind, not just cranberry, can also be used for this dish.
Feta cheese, with its salty-sour taste, complements ideally this as any bean stew.