Monday, March 2, 2009

Moroccan-Spiced Fava Bean Stew

From Jenny Also Cooks

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The Moroccan-Spiced Fava Bean Stew was a new recipe to me, but I knew that I loved fava beans. Where I live, there is only one place to buy canned fava beans, and I will make the trek just to be able to make things out of them. Okay, plus a trip to Pita House (where they have a grocery too) is never a bad thing. This time around we brought home the larger fava beans, which was a good experiment. They are rather large, but the flavor is the same. I would probably use them just as often as the regular sized ones.

I wasn't sure what dried fruit would be like in this stew! I used dried apricots and cherries, since that is what I had that needed using up, but I can imagine any kind of dried fruit being nice in this stew. We had flatbread with it but I was really wishing I had made couscous because the broth just seemed to want to be soaked up with something.

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