Fava is a popular appetizer in Greece somewhat similar to hummus, but unlike it, it is made from yellow-skinned peas. Fava is easy to prepare and can be served both hot and cold, for example with good bread or vegetables. It also tastes fresh after preparation. And after cooling, you can store it in the fridge for a few days. The proportions that I give in the recipe are enough to prepare a medium-sized bowl.
1. The preparation of the fava begins with soaking the peas. After a few hours, drain it and rinse thoroughly under running water. Then, place the peas in a pot and pour water so that its level reaches 1-1.5 cm above the pea level. We add bay leaves.
2. Fry chopped onions (and possibly garlic) in olive oil until they are glazed and add to the pea pot. Peas cook over low heat under cover for 1-1½ hours until tender, stirring once in a while.
3. At the end of cooking, the peas will begin to overcook and disintegrate. If it absorbs all liquid before the end of cooking, add some hot water. At the end, remove the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.
4. Mix the cooked peas with a blender. When mixing, add about 1/3 of the cup of olive oil and lemon juice. We translate into a bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of oregano and optionally pour it over with olive oil.
It can be served with finely chopped onion or parsley.
The Greek cuisine shows that the broad bean which is also known in our country does not have to be just a seasonal ingredient. In the dried form, which is practically unavailable in our stores, it is a component of interesting dishes. Today, we offer you one of them, i.e. a paste of dried bean.
Fried saganaki cheese is one of the most popular mezes that can be found in Greek taverns. It is an extremely tasty, but filling and salty snack. When ordering it in a tavern or preparing it yourself, you must also remember that it is a real caloric bomb.
Although many people avoid street food, we, for our part, encourage you to use such places in Greece. Your particular interest should be aroused by places where there are swarms of local Greeks. And do not worry about how this place looks like, the oilcloth on the tables and a collection of not-perfect-looking chairs can be a harbinger of tasty (albeit not always cheap) food. Of course, choose with your head and wisely, rather we advise against all kinds of hamburgers, ice cream shops and small gastronomy based on continental quick delicacies. However, places offering products based on fragments of local cuisine can turn out to be really interesting discoveries. This is how we discovered pancakes stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.