Broad bean and pea houmous

Added by Julie on 29 July 2016
Broad bean and pea houmous

300g fresh broad beans, podded (no need to remove their pale green jackets) or use frozen (defrosted)
300g fresh or frozen peas
4 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled
zest 2 lemons, juice of 1
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

To serve
8 slices sourdough bread, halved
125g/4½ oz log soft, spreadable goat's cheese
50g bag pea
shoots (or use watercress)


Tip the peas and beans into a large pan of salted boiling water, then cook for 3 mins. Drain, cool under cold water, then drain again thoroughly.
Put the 4 tbsp oil in a pan, heat gently, then add the garlic. Cook for 3 mins, very very gently, until the oil is infused and the garlic has softened but is not coloured. Tip the oil and garlic into a jug and cool.
Whizz the peas, beans and almost all the zest in a food processor, then trickle in the garlicky oil. Add the garlic cloves, almost all the lemon juice and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. The houmous should be swirling around the bowl nicely by this point, but not be too fine in texture. Scrape the sides down if you need to. Season well youll need about 1 tsp sea salt and lots of black pepper. Add the rest of the lemon juice to taste. Spoon into a dish, swirl the top, then drizzle over the remaining extra virgin olive oil.

To serve, toast the bread, then spread with the goats cheese. Dollop a good spoonful of houmous onto each piece, drizzle with a little more olive oil, scatter with the remaining zest, then grind over a little black pepper. Top with a few pea shoots and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2009
BBC GoodFood Magazine


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