Foul Medames (VeganMofo 2015)

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DSC_0640The prompt for September 3rd is, quick, easy and delicious.  I’m not sure it gets any easier then with mashed beans!  Foul Medames is a popular Middle Eastern staple, made with fava beans.  We ate a lot of this wonderfully delicious dish during our trip.  It frequently came along with hummus, falafel, pickles and olives.  I used canned beans to make this dish, but if you have the time I highly recommend cooking them ahead from dried beans.

Ingredients

  • canned fava beans
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt

Mince the onion and garlic, brown in 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan. Drain the beans and add to the onions, add a little water if necessary. Once the beans have warmed remove pan from heat. Using a mortar or fork mash the beans with the onions and garlic. I found that a mortar worked very well to puree’ the beans, especially any that where not very soft.
Next add the diced tomato. Pour lemon juice over the mixture and season with salt and red pepper flakes.
Arrange on a plate, and drizzle with the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil.

Serve with bread and maybe a nice Chianti.

-Stephanie

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