Fresh Fava Bean Dip or Spread

Submitted by Marilyn

  • 2 lbs fresh unshelled fava beans, prepared as above and ¼ cup of the cooking liquid
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted then ground, optional
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • crumbled, grated or thinly sliced cheese such as feta, Manchego or Parmesan
  • optional pita wedges, sliced raw carrots, or crackers for dipping, or toasted bread for spreading

In a blender or food processor, combine the beans, half of the reserved cooking liquid and the lemon juice. Add more liquid as needed while processing until the mixture is fairly smooth. Add the oil while continuing to process until smooth.Transfer to a serving bowl and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with pita bread, vegetables, or crackers for dipping. Or spread on toasted bread (rubbed with garlic if you like), and topped with some cheese.

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