Thu 16 Aug 2018
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SMOKED FAVA BEANS MAKE THE PERFECT DIP OR CONDIMENT
If you visited our article on smoking fava beans and gave our technique a try, hopefully, you have enough beans leftover to make this recipe. I thought I would introduce you to a dip that can be used as a condiment to your favorite sandwich – think veggie or animal protein burger, grilled chicken, breakfast bread, or vegetarian. I’ll be offering the recipe and giving you suggestions on what to serve with it.
Once you have your fava beans smoked, you’ll need about 2 lbs. of the beans, there are some simple ingredients to gather for this recipe.
- 4oz. goat cheese softened
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Chopped fresh tarragon- 1 teaspoon
- Fresh lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest – I prefer fresh
- 2 tablespoons water
- sea salt & fresh ground pepper
You’ll also need a food processor or blender to combine all the ingredients.
Tasting Notes: I prefer a little kick to this recipe so I add 3 or so drops of hot sauce.
With a blender or food processor, add all the ingredients except the water. Pulse only to blend and produce the chunky texture desired. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the blending container at least once. With all the ingredients, add the water and mix in by hand; do not process or blend. Adjust the consistency to the finished mixture by adding water as needed. Usually, I find 2-3 tablespoons of water is perfect.
Tasting Notes: if using a blender, be sure you have a pulse control or you could blend this recipe too smooth which will limit its use with certain foods
Once you have the consistency you like, transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. I like to chill this briefly before serving. If using as a dip, suggested items to accompany the dip include sweet mini peppers, cucumber slices, radish, carrot slices, cherry or grape tomato, baguette, naan, won-ton shells.
This is also great with a firm toasted bread, tomato slice, fresh basil leaves, and poached or fried egg. Let your imagination go and find more uses for this super flavorful dip and spread.