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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Recipe Round Up: Ful

This recipe is long overdue, and it's so easy to make. I usually soak the fava beans overnight, drain them and start them cooking in the morning before I shower and dress, so they can be ready to eat when I'm finished getting myself ready, preparing for school, making my bed, and so on.

3 cups fava beans
water to cover
1 head garlic, peeled and smashed (a little)
pinch baking soda (maybe two pinches)
salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
extra virgin olive oil, to serve
any number of toppings or hot sauces - I simply puréed some onions and tomatoes with hot sauce in the above photo, but often serve it with Green Hot Sauce or Harissa or a chopped tomato, onion, and hot pepper mix

Soak the fava beans overnight, or for at least six hours. Drain and put them in a pot with water to cover by about 2 inches, garlic, and baking soda. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for an hour to an hour and a half. Drain almost all the liquid out, reserving the liquid in case you need more, mash the beans and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Put in a shallow dish, put your garnish of choice in the center and drizzle heavily with olive oil.

Serve with warmed Khoubz Araby (Pita Bread) or lightly toasted bread.

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