Fava Bean Hummus Dip

Preparation Time: 8 hours (includes time for soaking the beans overnight)
Cook Time: 10 minutes

When you think of Italian cuisine you think of pasta, pizza and charcuterie. But there are a lot more options that we living in America do not get to see often in Italian restaurants. I found dried fava beans in the Italian shop at Chelsea market and decided to make this variation as a hummus dip! Hope you guys enjoy it.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound dried fava beans (soaked overnight in water)
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Flatbread for the dip

Method:

In a pressure cooker heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat and sautee the minced garlic. Add in the fava beans which were soaked overnight and sautee for a couple minutes. Then add water to just cover the beans. Add salt & paprika and bring to a boil. Now close the lid to the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 whistles. (Note – If you do not have a pressure cooker no issues. Follow the same process but cook the beans for about 30 minutes until soft).

Open the lid and stir the beans. They should at this point be soft and turning to a puree. Stir keeping medium heat till you have the right consistency for a dip. If already too thick add a little water. You can also use a masher if needed to make the puree smoother. Adjust for salt.

Spoon the bean hummus into a bowl. Top with olive oil, pine nuts and chopped parsley and serve with toasted bread.

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