Sunday, August 4, 2013

Anna Sultana's Ful bit-tewm - Broad Beans and Garlic, Maltese Style

Got an e mail…
Is there a Maltese recipe that is good for serving broad beans cold?
Yes, of course.

Bigilla, which is also prepared from broad beans, is best served hot. 
But broad beans can be cooked in advance and served cold.


For the Ful bit-tewm recipe the beans are not mashed.
It would be messy on a cracker.
But it can be served cold as a protein side dish with a salad.

It can also be mashed and served as a cold dip.
And some folks prefer Bigilla cold, too.
We're talking beans… suit yourself.


                        Ful bit-tewm

Remove the outer pods of
1.750 kgs (about 3 pounds) butter beans

Place in a saucepan
the prepared beans
5 garlic cloves, more or less
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
500 ml (about 2 Cups) water
salt and pepper

Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until the beans are cooked.
Add more water if needed.

The beans may be served hot or cold.

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