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This is my quick version of a recipe from International Vegetarian. Bissara is a Moroccan dip that is similar in its presentation (but not taste) to the more common hummus. Enjoy this with pita bread (fresh or toasted) or cut up vegetables. Traditionally, this is served with a generous drizzle of olive oil on top of the prepared spread both for flavor and to act as a preservative. Though I never do, you are free to so.
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- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans fava beans
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth or 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/4-1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika (I like smoked best)
- 1/4-3/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 4 -6 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 1Thoroughly rinse and drain the fava beans.
- 2In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Add fava beans, vegetable broth, ¼ teaspoon of paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne. Cook three to five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are warmed. Begin to mash the beans by hand or with a masher. You are looking for a consistency that is not solid but thick enough to be scooped up using bread. If it seems too thick, thin with additional broth or water.
- 3Mix remaining spices together and reserve.
- 4To serve, place Bissara into a shallow soup bowl or dessrt plate with a high lip. Sprinkle ¼ of the mixed spices. Drizzle additional oil on top. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
- 5Serve warm or hot.
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Nutritional Facts for Bissara (Fava Bean Puree)
Serving Size: 1 (162 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 298.0
- Calories from Fat 71
- Total Fat 7.9 g
- Saturated Fat 1.1 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 12.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 44.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 12.7 g
- Sugars 3.8 g
- Protein 16.2 g
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