This site pretty well documents my love of beans. I’d probably be happy eating them at every meal. Yet you don’t frequently see breakfast recipes that use beans. (Although I suppose I snuck some in to my migas and southwestern omelette).
When I heard about ful medames, I knew that sooner or later they would work their way into my rotation. Ful medames are an Egyptian breakfast dish (or possibly lunch) made of fava beans. Basically the fava beans are cooked, then mashed and served with a variety of accompaniments so everyone gets to season to their liking.
My biggest obstacle was finding the right kind of beans. Ful medames are made with small fava beans, instead of the large ones we more commonly see in the States. Eventually I was able to find some canned at the local import grocery store.
- 2 15-ounce cans small fava beans (3 cups cooked beans)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- juice of one lemon (~3 tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, well-packed
- sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- Rinse and drain the fava beans. Place in a small to medium sized pot. Add the water, cumin, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add in the garlic, lemon juice, and parsley. Mash about half the beans, and make sure everything is well mixed. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with any of the accompaniments listed below.
- pita bread
- hard boiled eggs
- chopped fresh tomatoes
- lemon wedges
- fresh parsley
- chili pepper flakes
- raw onion
- pickled vegetables
I couldn’t find any gluten-free pita, so we ate ours with spoons. I don’t think we were missing anything. But I suppose toast could be used.
Seeing as I’ve been raving about my love of beans, it seems fitting that I share this recipe in My Legume Love Affair being hosted by the lovely Simona of Briciole. I’m also sharing in Premeditated Leftovers, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, These Chicks Cooked, Full Plate Thursday, and Wellness Weekends.