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Potato mash with red beans, egg and mustard greens.

An easy, healthy, traditional Cretan recipe. This is the kind of dinner Cretan people used to have. Simple ingredients make such a cozy dish!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword beans, bowl, dinner, greens, healthy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1.5 – 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut in large cubes
  • 1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound white mustard greens
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-12 anchovies, optional
  • 2-3 lemons (the juice)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 chili dried peppers, optional


  1. Put the potatoes in a pot with cold, salted water, open the heat and boil until tender (about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the cubes). Drain and mix with the beans. Mash the potatoes a little while mixing, but don’t puree them.
  2. Bring to a boil a large pot half filled with salted water, add the greens and boil until the large stems feel soft when pinched (about 15-20 minutes). Drain.
  3. Boil the eggs according to preference and cut in half.
  4. Heat the oil with the chili peppers in gentle heat for 10 minutes to infuse the oil (optional)
  5. Serve in bowls or on plates and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle some extra salt if needed and freshly grated pepper.
  7. Eat.

Recipe Notes

For a set white and runny/creamy yolk, boil a cold, extra large egg for 8 minutes.
White mustard greens really love lemon juice and olive oil, so be generous!