Foole Meze

I especially like this dish served with good feta cheese and a loaf of crusty bread to sop up the seasoned olive oil.

Foole Meze
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Serves: 4 -6
 
Foole Meze is a Greek fava bean appetizer or starter course. In point of fact my name for the dish translates as "fava bean appetizer."
Ingredients
  • 3 cups frozen fava (broad) beans
  • ½ cup kalamata olives
  • 4-6 marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the fava beans in rapidly boiling water for 4 minutes, then rinse under cold water.
  2. Remove the leathery outer skin from the fava beans and discard.
  3. Mix together the shelled fava beans, olives, and artichoke hearts in a bowl.
  4. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and sea salt in a small bowl.
  5. Place equal amounts of the fava bean mixture on serving plates, drizzle with the dressing, and top with the parsley and a little freshly ground black pepper.

I hope you enjoy!

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7 Responses to “Foole Meze”

  1. The Razzler Says:

    Urgh – I used to be force-fed foole in Syria, but not all nice like this. Just foole, boiled, and then dipped in salt. And I used to have to drink foole juice – the water that the beans were boiled in – because it was “good” for me.

    Your recipe looks a lot more pleasant!

  2. jonolan Says:

    Thanks, Razzler.

    Yeah, it’s a lot different than the Syrian way of doing fava beans. Now don’t get me wrong – i like the simple Syrian way of serving foole. It’s sort of like edamame, but it gets very boring very quickly.

  3. The Razzler Says:

    But foole, just foole – for breakfast? What were they trying to do to me? I’ll have to try this recipe out – see if I can get over my suspicion of those little beans in leather coats. 😉

  4. jonolan Says:

    I assume what they forced on you was some variant of Ful medames. It’s a sadly common Middle Eastern breakfast most renowned for being filling. Ful medames has been historically described as being “like a stone in the stomach”. 😉

  5. Moriah Says:

    Sounds amazing.

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