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Fava Bean Puree with Wild Chicory

Source: The Italian Gourmet
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 10 Minutes
  Serves 4
This dish is common to all Sicily and Apulia, and the recipe is one of the oldest in Mediterranean gastronomy. Already in existence in Egypt at the time of the Pharoahs, it later was known in Roman plebian cuisine as puls fabata, and has come down to us with only minimal changes. Its Sicilian title is maccu, which comes from ammaccare, a dialect word meaning to crush. Some recipes advise cooking the onion with the beans as described here, others stay closer to the ancient formula and suggest adding the onion raw at the end of cooking. This puree is like a soup, but any that is left over will harden like polenta, and can be sliced and fried, or sauteed with vegetables. In Apulia it also is served to accompany a seafood soup.
1 cup dried fava beans (broad)
2 potatoes, sliced
1 celery stalk
1 small onion, sliced
9 oz wild chicory
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
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Soak the beans for about 2 hours. Drain and put in a saucepan, ideally terracotta. Lay the potato slices on top. Place the celery and onion slices over the potatoes. Add salt to taste and water to cover. Simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour, skimming from time to time.

Meanwhile, clean the wild chicory and put it into a saucepan with just the water that remains from washing it. Cook over moderate heat, with salt to taste, for 20 to 25 minutes. Saute in a skillet with the olive oil for 5 minutes to bring out the flavor.

Check the progress of the beans as they cook, stirring them often so that the mixture becomes a puree. When they have absorbed all the water, add the extra-virgin olive oil, mix well and serve the beans and chicory together in small bowls.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 970
Sodium: 46mg
Fiber: 15g
Carbohydrates, Total: 43g
Protein: 14g
% Cal. from Fat: 78%
Fat. Total: 84g
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