Fava Bean Puree
Recipe created by Cathy and Tony Mantuano
Capers packed in sea salt invite the flavor to this fava bean party dip.

Adapted from Wine Bar Food, by Cathy Mantuano and Tony Mantuano, copyright © 2008. With permission from Clarkson Potter/Publishers.

This recipe is made from ingredients featured in The Great Pantry Makeover.
Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried fava beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. capers (preferably salted), rinsed
  • 5 small arugula leaves
Directions
Soak fava beans overnight in cold water, covering them with at least 3 inches of water. (Or, to save time, do a "fast soak": Put beans in a pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat after 1 minute and let soak for an hour.)

Drain beans and peel off outer brownish shell from each. Put shelled beans in a medium saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool, about 30 minutes.

When beans have cooled completely, puree them in a food processor with garlic and olive oil until smooth and light, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (The puree can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

To serve, scoop puree into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and top with capers and arugula; have freshly grilled or warmed pita bread on the side.

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