Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Anna Sultana's Bigilla - Broad Bean Spread or Dip, Maltese Style

Ma's dips were simple and healthy.  
Nothing with cream cheese.  

Bigilla is a bean dip that can be served with crackers or raw vegetables.  It can also be used as a spread.  The garlic and olive oil is heart healthy, too.
It's best served hot.  

Soak in salted water, with a pinch of baking soda, for 2 days
500 g dried broad beans
The water has to be changed every day
Drain the water 
Place the beans in fresh water
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat 
Simmer until the beans are cooked
Drain and mash the beans
salt and pepper
olive oil
chopped parsley
4 crushed garlic cloves, more or less

Dip, spread, enjoy.

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