“As Good as It Gets” Fava Bean Dip

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    ; makes about 3 cups
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

  • About

Here's an earthy fava bean dip called bissara from the mountain-residing Berbers of Morocco. It's a dish that's recently become quite fashionable in Marrakech and Rabat. In one luxury establishment, I even saw it served in a silver tureen.

Dried fava beans are one of the oldest food staples in the Mediterranean. When peeled and cooked, they become luscious and smooth, delicate in flavor with a hint of piney resin. Purchase large split fava beans by mail order or at your local