Have you ever been to Zaytinya? It’s one of my favorite restaurants in DC. My mom came to visit me recently, so I took her there. We went a little crazy ordering all the things we thought sounded good (it’s a small plates restaurant, so we felt totally justified in ordering a ton). Some things sounded unusual enough to try (butternut squash hummus), and some things I had had before and knew were great (roasted and stuffed eggplants).
And then there was this dish that was almost an afterthought. We realized that we should order one more thing, and so we chose a dish called Piyaz. It was described as “giant warm beans, kale, oven roasted tomatoes, garlic.” Sure, why not?
It ended up being the best thing we ate there. This dish was so amazing, we even asked our waiter if we could get the recipe (supposedly we’ll get it via email, though I doubt it). It was so simple, so bright, so delicious, we both instantly wanted to remake it.
So, armed with a picture I found online, the description from the menu, and a vague memory of how good it was, I created the following dish. I couldn’t find giant beans (or at least I couldn’t find giant white beans that cooked well), so I substituted canned cannellini beans. Other than the fact that the giant beans simply looked better, I thought it was a fine substitute.
This recipe is simple, full of good for you foods, and it tastes pretty darn good. It's a great recipe for anyone recovering from food overload after the holidays. I hope you like it!