Who doesn’t love good dips, spreads and sauces? I’m a huge fan and they always taste better when you make them fresh at home and it’s so easy to do! You can just take whatever you are craving/have around, add some olive oil and toss it in the food processor to make for a dip. Usually I gravitate towards hummus with chick peas as the base, but I wanted to switch it up.
I got som fava beans and had no idea what to do with them. They are a bit of a pain to prep, but once you get through that, they are really delicious. I had some fennel remaining from my last trip to the far mar and was inspired to combine these two awesome foods into one tasty dip/spread/mouth party.
Per usual, I sautéed the fava, fennel and onions in my cast iron skillet to get that awesome browning that I crave. You can use a normal pan if you like or if you don’t have the cast iron handy.
If you like your dips thicker or thinner, just remove or add water as necessary. If you want to add a lot more water, you may need to adjust some of the other ingredients so you don’t dilute the flavor too much. I would recommend starting with 1/4 cup and then adding 1/4 cup increments until you get the consistency you crave.
This was my first time making a dip using fava beans and I will definitely be doing it again! What do you think? Did the fava beans do it for you? Have you had it another way that you liked? Let me know in the comments!
Fava Bean Dip with Fennel, Onion and Chives
- 1.5 cups fava beans prepared
- 1.5 bulb fennel sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion sliced
- 1 tbsp chives freshly chopped
- 1 tbsp natural butter spread
- 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- coarse kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
Saute onions and fennel in earth balance over low-medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes until lightly browned and then set aside and let cool.
Cook prepared fava beans in skillet and turn heat up to medium. Cook for 5-10 minutes. Set fava beans aside and let cool.
Combine all remaining ingredients into a food processor. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Serve with pita bread, chips, fresh veggies, on a sandwich or just eat it with your fingers.