Fava Bean & Ewes Cheese Dip with Beetroot and Pickled Radish Dressing
Chef Tip: Make the dip the same consistency as hummus, so that the purple sprouting broccoli will sit on top of it.
This British fava bean dip makes the perfect starter and you can get inventive with it by plating it up in different ways. Here is a taco, salad or bruschetta version, the pickled dressing lends the perfect colourful tang to the dish. Pickled ewes Cheese by Homewood is a delcious british made cheese, very similar to feta.
Fava Bean Dip
300g Dried Fava Beans
50g British Pickled Ewes Cheese (see substitution)
1 Lemon (juice)
1 Garlic Clove (crushed)
4 tbsp Olive Oil
20g Mint (chopped)
Salt and Pepper
Beetroot and Pickled Radish Dressing
175ml Apple Cider Vinegar
60g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
6 Radish (finely sliced)
1 Purple Beetroot (tiny dice)
1 Golden Beetroot (tiny dice)
8 tbsp Olive Oil
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1 – Make Fava Bean Dip
Cook the beans in boiling water until soft (about 30-40 mins). Drain and allow them to cool.
Place the cooked beans, ewes cheese, lemon juice, crushed garlic clove, olive oil and a good pinch of salt in the blender and blend until smooth. And more oil or water if it needs to be a little runnier.
Check for seasoning. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chopped mint.
Step 2 – Make Beetroot & Pickled Radish Dressing
Add the apple cider vinegar, caster sugar, salt and coriander seeds to a small saucepan. Slowly melt the sugar and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to infuse for a least 1 hour or overnight is best.
Once the mixture has infused, strain it to remove the coriander seeds. Add the sliced radishes, tiny diced beetroots and olive oil. Allow the dressing to marinade for at least 30 minutes before using as the flavours will develop with time.
Step 3 – Plate up
Now it is time to decide how you want to plate up this dish. Below are three different options:
1) Fava & ewes cheese dip taco, topped with charred purple sprouting broccoli, pickled radish and beetroot dressing.
2) Fava & ewes cheese dip bruschetta, topped with charred purple sprouting broccoli, pickled radish and beetroot dressing.
3) Fava & ewes cheese dip salad, topped with charred purple sprouting broccoli, pickled radish and beetroot dressing.