Friday, August 2, 2013

Anna Sultana's Fazola bit-tewm - Butter Beans with Garlic, Maltese Style

Sometimes the easiest meal is the best meal.
Especially when it's hot.
Instead of a hot meal, serve a healthy light cold spread.
A nutritious dip with some bread and fresh vegetables can be just enough.

Ma's dips were protein packed.  
Her Bigilla was to us what peanut butter is to a North American kid.

Bigilla is a bean dip that can be served with crackers or raw vegetables.  
It's best served hot.  

Fażola bit-tewm is a bean dip that is best served cold.
Perfect for this time of year.
Or any time you'd like to give your guests a bit of variety.

                        Fażola bit-tewm

Soak overnight
400 g butter beans

Drain the water. 
Place the beans in a saucepan.  
Cover with fresh water.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until the beans are cooked.
Add more water if needed.

When the beans are soft, drain and let them cool.

Stir in
4 crushed garlic cloves, more or less
salt and pepper
olive oil
chopped parsley

Serve cold.

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