Revi’s Moroccan Fava Bean & Vegetable Soup
2 pounds fresh fava beans or 1/2 pound frozen double-peeled (2 cups)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned and sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium or large carrots, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
1 small potato (about 4 ounces), peeled and diced
2 quarts water, vegetable stock or chicken stock
Salt to taste
A bouquet garni made with a couple of sprigs of parsley, a bay leaf and several sprigs of cilantro
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
1. Skin the fresh favas: bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Drop the shelled fava beans into the boiling water and boil 5 minutes. Drain and transfer immediately to the cold water. Allow the beans to cool for several minutes, then slip off their skins by pinching off the eye of the skin and squeezing gently. Hold several beans in one hand and use your other thumb and forefinger to pinch off the eyes, have a bowl for the shelled favas close at hand and this will not take very long.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot or Dutch oven and add the leeks, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes, and add the turnips, potatoes, favas, water or stock, salt and bouquet garni. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Remove and discard the bouquet garni.
3. Purée the soup using a hand blender or a food mill, or working in batches, in a blender, making sure that you place a towel over the top of the blender and remove the inner part of the lid to avoid hot splashes. Return to the pot, add the pepper, turmeric and chopped cilantro and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Serve in wide soup bowls, garnished with cilantro leaves and with a drizzle of olive oil over each serving.
Tip: You can make the soup through Step 2 up to two days before serving. Refrigerate before pureeing. When you wish to serve, puree the soup, then reheat and proceed with the recipe.
Revital Catriel Bellin | Revi’s Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Cuisine | (203) 887-8113 | Revisfood.com
The Towers Panko-Crusted Salmon
2/3 -cup panko for Passover crumbs
2 -tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 -teaspoon grated fresh lemon Freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons - oil for Passover
4- 6 -8 ounce - salmon filets
2- Tablespoons Dijon mustard for Passover
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a small bowl, mix together panko, parsley, lemon zest, and fresh black pepper.
Drizzle oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.
Place salmon filet, skinned side down. Generously brush the tops with mustard. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard of each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.
Place on sheet tray and bake 7 to 12 minutes and cook until panko is brown. Serve hot or room temperature with a lemon wedge.