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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Got a New "Fava-rite"

Yes, I'll admit it -- fava beans are my new "fava-rite." (Cheesy, but it works.) Other than a horrifying line in Silence of the Lambs, I had never uttered the the words "fava beans" till I joined Fairview Gardens CSA. But my motto is, if it shows up in my weekly share, I eat it. All part of the manna that God provides.

I made a good dish the other week with the favas, but wanted to try something else. I looked at my grocery list today and saw "hummus" on the list, then thought, hmmm, I bet I could make fava bean hummus... and oh baby, was I right!

Once you get over the fair amount of work it takes to prep the beans themselves, it's quick and easy to make the hummus. I googled a few recipes, but worked with what I had in the pantry, and it came out PERFECT. My housemate and I had to restrain ourselves from just eating it all immediately. It is very flavorful, and unexpectedly, very pretty.

Bag of Fava beans, shelled, boiled and peeled (see below) ... whittles down to 8 oz. beans
2 tb sesame seeds
2 tb olive oil
1 tb lemon juice
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
3 drops of your favorite hot sauce

1. Prep the favas. See these directions from Fairview Gardens: http://fairviewgardenscsa.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/how-to-cook-fava-beans/ But rather than boiling the shelled beans for 1 minute, boil them for about 10 minutes (till they are very soft). Squeeze them from their little jackets.

2. Put all the rest of the ingredients, along with the shelled & cooked beans, into a food processor.

3. Restrain yourself from eating immediately. Enjoy with lavosh or pita bread, or with chips.

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