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Dill and Fava Bean Dip

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Categories: Entertaining, Low-fat, Party Snacks, Vegetarian
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

Whip up this dill and fava bean dip next time you are entertaining.

Prep Time: 30M

Cooking Time: 25M

Serves: Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 11/2lb (750g) fresh fava beans
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 × 14oz (400g) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions:

  1. Remove the fava beans from their pods, and slip off the skins. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the onion, and cook gently for about 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the fava beans, and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups water, season with salt and pepper, and partially-cover the pan with a lid. Bring to a gentle simmer, and continue cooking for 25 minutes, mashing the beans a bit as you cook. Drain, and allow to cool.
  4. Add the cooled fava bean mixture to a food processor. Add the drained cannellini beans, dill, and scallions, and process to a chunky purée. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with fresh crusty bread.
Tips:
  • Cheat...Use frozen fava beans instead of fresh. Leave them to defrost first, then slip off their skins, if needed.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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