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Duo of fresh fava bean spread open smoked salmon sandwich & sort of guacamole open smoked salmon sandwich topped with home grown garden cress

on 18/05/2010

About 2 weeks ago, I made my own fresh fava bean spread. I topped it with smoked salmon & with home-grown garden cress. When I saw the guacamole post on The love of cooking, I knew I had to make some version of it. Pam has made hers for many many years & it has been a huge success. I took away a couple of things & made this. So, I think you can’t call it a guacamole anymore but my husband & I loved it! Thanks , Pam!
The fava bean spread is my own recipe.

Recipe: For 2 smaller bowls of each fave bean spread & sort of guacamole, enough to feed 6 persons

** For the fave bean spread:
shelled fava beans , out of their long pods. Do not use black or damaged beans. They must be green grey in colour & will have to be firm. Only 1 time shelled,  288 gr shelled . When you have boiled them & put them in ice water to stop the cooking process, again you shell them the 2nd time, you only will end up with 145 gr. That were the grams in my case!
2 fat cloves of fresh young garlic, peeled &cut into smaller pieces
1 teaspoon ground cumin
A fruity EVOO
1/2 teaspoon of Za’ater
1/8 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt flakes
** For the sort of guacamole:
2 ripe hass avocados, not too mushy to touch, only the green flesh, skin & pit removed, put into a bowl
1 large vine tomato, cleaned & cut into 4
1 handful of fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
1 medium red-hot chili pepper, deseeded & cut into little rings
the juice of 1 ripe lime
** to serve:
baguette of fresh ciabatta’s to serve, sliced open or gluten-free ciabatta’s
6 or 12 fine slices of the best smoked salmon, in 1 layer, if you make sandwiches for 3 or 6 persons
To top the sandwiches: fresh home-grown garden cress, cleaned
First make the fava bean purée.
See pictures:
1. In the 1st picture, you see the long pods, closed, like you buy them on the market. You can’t eat the long & harder outer shells. You have to open them with the help of a knife & flip them out in a bowl. This is a lot of work!
2. 2nd picture is the fava beans that you will get out of the long pods. You can’t eat them yet. Maybe when the pods are very young & homegrown . This is after 1 peeling. You will have to boil them & peel them again. It is a lot of work but the end result taste lovely & apart!
3. The 3rd picture is after boiling for 3 to 5 minutes. Pouring them in ice water to cool off immediately. Let them get cold. Peel for the 2nd time & you will end up with a lot less amount of beans. I had 145 gr left over of shelled fava beans. But they taste is awesome!
4. Take a food processor & add the 2nd shelled fava beans. Add the cut up cloves of garlic, cumin, za’tar, sea salt flakes & a few good drizzles of fruity EVOO & divide it all evenly in the food processor. Pulse or mix until it is all finely mixed up. Taste! It has to taste lovely! If not, add a bit of za’tar or sea salt or if it is too dry add a bit of the EVOO. Just look at the picture down below how mine was. Just spread the fava bean spread on your open sliced ciabatta. Top with 1 layer of smoked salmon. Top with home-grown or bought garden cress.
5. Now, make the sort of guacamole. Clean your foodprocessor. When dry, use it again. Add the flesh of the avocados, add the cilantro leaves, the red-hot chili pepper rings, the cut up tomato & the lime sauce evenly divided in the food processor. Blitz or mix until it is still a bit chunky!
Taste! It all taste smooth & lovely! A bit kicked up too!
7. Take the other open sliced ciabattas & smear the sort of guacamole on it. Lay in 1 layer the smoked salmon on top & top with homegrown watercress. This is an open-faced sandwich.
This is best enjoyed with your loved one! Yum!

Fresh sort of guacamole!

Fresh fava bean aka broad bean spread!

Fresh home-grown garden cress

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97 responses to “Duo of fresh fava bean spread open smoked salmon sandwich & sort of guacamole open smoked salmon sandwich topped with home grown garden cress

  1. tigerfish says:

    I enjoy fava beans but never tried fresh ones before.

  2. Simply Life says:

    WOW! That looks SO good!

  3. Kath says:

    Ooh I love broad beans, we have some growing so I will be trying this when they are ready.

  4. Smoke salmon, could have that for life!So yummy.

  5. Mary says:

    Sophie, this really looks delicious. I adore smoked salmon and have an adventurous palate, so your recipe is just perfect for the likes of me. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Daily Spud says:

    I love fresh fava beans – they take a little bit of work but they are worth it! I've never made a spread with them before, though, so that's one to try – it sounds wonderful with the smoked salmon 🙂

  7. virginie says:

    rhooo en plus c'est tellement joli !!!!je me souviens de ces qq années passées en Belgique ou on décorer toutes nos assiettes avec cette cressonette trop trop bonne !!!bises et bon mardi gourmand virginie

  8. Koko says:

    Wow, this looks delightful! I just love smoked salmon and avocados! I love that you grew watercress yourself- how cool! I want to make this- I even have fava beans in my house which doesn't happen too often!!

  9. Lynda says:

    This looks so good Sophie…I love to make guacamole, so I think I'd love the fava spread too. I can't find fava beans here yet, but the spread looks delicious with the smoked salmon!

  10. Claudia says:

    I love fresh fava beans but do not love the shelling process! However, we do have them fresh and that is rare in MN – so will get some. I do love the salmon with avocado and use watercress more and more. This invites me.

  11. Jamie says:

    Sophie!! Hi! I've been away too long! And look what I came back to! This is my kind of weekend lunch and it is perfect. Fava beans are just coming out on the market and I love the spread paired with the smoked salmon. And sort of guacamole is so delicious. I must try this!

  12. Claudia says:

    That sounds like a wonderful guacamole variation. Got more beans in my CSA this week, plus what I had from last week, so looks like we get to try your creation as soon as my avocado ripens.

  13. Gulmohar says:

    Fabulous…Love guacamole and this sounds like a great twist !

  14. This is a wonderful combination, one which I never would have thought of. What a great sandwich this makes!

  15. Very healthy and inventive! Those sandwiches surely taste wonderful!Cheers,Rosa

  16. Rowena... says:

    Oh my, Sophie! Fresh fava beans are an absolute favorite, and you've done a delicious job with this!

  17. Wow! Yummy combo! I've never had fava beans like this, very interesting!

  18. Sophie, I adore dips and the combination with smoked salmon sounds perfect! I've never seen fresh fava beans either, only the tinned ones.

  19. I have never had fava beans, must try it some time.

  20. wow what a gourmet sandwich its fab

  21. Rosabela says:

    Hi Sophie,This looks and sounds devine! I love fava beans. My grandmother in Italy used to make pasta and fava beans everytime I asked for them. It was a simple peasent dish, but it was packed with flavour. I miss her cooking. BTW, I'm bookmarking this post. My husband will love this (and me too). :-)Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a wonderful blog and I'll be back to visit. 🙂

  22. Anna says:

    Your garden cress is adorable, what a great combination. Looks stunning.

  23. Wow, looks awesome! I am still working on being this domesticated!

  24. vanillasugar says:

    yum! i love when you get creative like this. i would totally have seconds on this one.

  25. Erica says:

    This sandwich looks delicious… love the spread.

  26. Sounds like a great combination of flavors.

  27. Paz says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum!Love this! I wish I could have one right now.Paz

  28. Miriam Leigh says:

    Bean spreads add protein AND texture to a sandwich! Very smart. 🙂

  29. sasasunakku says:

    Fava beans are great aren't they? – in Japan we used to eat small ones as a snack with beer.

  30. foodcreate says:

    Fabulous look so delicious thank you for sharing your recipe …

  31. What a lovely combinations of flavors Sophie. I envy your homegrown cress. Lovely sandwich.I thought of you last night when we watched a travel show on television featuring Brussels. The government buildings were very impressive and the people were all described as extemely friendly. I would love to visit someday.Sam

  32. elra says:

    Very healthy, very delicious, life is good to be able to enjoy this kind of food.

  33. Koek! says:

    Oh gosh that's just SO gorgeous. I adore fava beans (though I call them broad beans). Wish they were is season in South Africa!Robynx

  34. Jennifer says:

    Wow this fava bean spread sounds FAB!!!! Look forward to trying!

  35. Hungry Dog says:

    What a lovely dish! Your fava spread looks much better than my recent attempt did. Nice job, Sophie!

  36. lisa says:

    This looks delicious and so healthy. I've been seeing some beautiful fava beans at the markets lately. I can't wait to pick some up and try this gorgeous recipe.

  37. Gloria says:

    Sophie is a beauty!!And this is a fantastic and yummy recipe! gloria

  38. What a fantastic sandwich Sophie! With two different spreads – what a treat! Your fava bean spread sounds excellent – I would love to try it.

  39. Ton sandwich a l'air si bon et si sain! ce qui ne gâte rien!

  40. Both versions sound fantastic! I love fava beans with smoked salmon.

  41. I have never cook the fave bean, so thank you for the reciepe!Your pictures look so delicious! I love smoked salmon! ;)XoXo Clém

  42. A fava bean guacamole, what a wonderfully clever idea. Sophie – you are such an inspired and creative cook. I love it.

  43. That fava bean spread alone sounds divine! I'll have to be on the lookout for fresh favas…

  44. My husband is Norwegian so we eat a lot of smoked salmon open faced sandwiches. I've never thought to use avocado or a sort of guacamole so I'll try that out next time. Love the home grown cress.

  45. Beautiful open sandwich! It makes a delightful lunch!

  46. Juliana says:

    Sophie, what a nice open sandwich, love the idea of using fava bean for spread, it sure looks great with smoked salmon.

  47. I like your home grown sprouts. This fava bean spread looks terrific!

  48. Aah, so those are fresh Fava beans – have seen the pods about but never bought them. I'll give it a try. I love guacamole too…..and the topping of the cress – lovely

  49. Ruth says:

    Wow, what contrast of flavours and textures! Excellent!

  50. This sandwich sounds amazing! The fresh fava bean spread is very unique and perfect topped with a slice of smoked salmon!

  51. pierre says:

    hello sophie guacamolé and fish a great combination ! cheers Pierre de Paris

  52. ~~louise~~ says:

    Fava Bean Spread, now that's intriguing! Everything looks so good Sophie. I appreciate the "play by play" and images. Pam sure does come up with some winners. So glad you ran with it!!!Thank you so much for sharing…

  53. Ces tartines seront parfaites pour les chaudes journées d'été … I'll try them soon …Have a nice dayHélène

  54. Mary says:

    Sophie, I'm just jumping back in to thank you for your visit. I hope we'll see you often. Blessings…Mary

  55. Foodessa says:

    Sophie…I just found your blog…what a delight. Everything looks so appetizing. I'll have to come back with a little more time on the clock to really appreciate all your recipes. BTW…I am totally addicted to my recipe books too ;0)Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  56. I love fava beans, but hate shelling them. Any quick tricks?

  57. Natasha says:

    Wow, this looks delicious. I just need to google these beans though-I think we might call them broad beans here?Thanks for visiting the other day! So lovely to "meet" you and find this yummy blog!Best wishes,Natasha.

  58. Chef Dennis says:

    looks like a great sandwich, and a nice take on guacamole! I have never tried Fava Beans …I think its high time I did!

  59. Carolyn Jung says:

    Favas, guac AND salmon? It's the trifecta of favorite flavors. This is a classic in the making.

  60. I really like the sound of this Sophie! What a lovely use of fava beans! 😀

  61. Jo says:

    This sounds like an absolutely delicious sandwich. What a combination of flavours!

  62. Jeannie says:

    I can't get fava beans here! You make your sandwich looks so irresistable!

  63. Pam says:

    What a unique and delicious sandwich.

  64. Gattina says:

    Sophie, I've just cooked some fresh fava the other day… me encanta!!!!!! And I always like the combo of avocado and smoked salmon, I will go to the market to get more fava, and make this splendid sort of guacamole!

  65. Barbara says:

    Love the post title, Sophie! :)And I am mad for fava beans! I really need to make your sandwich!

  66. I always bought the canned fava beans :-! Must try to get some dried beans and make myself a healthier meal. And I adore your home grown cress. 🙂 I wish I could do that too.

  67. I hope you had a good weekend!

  68. grace says:

    fresh fava beans are such a hassle, but ultimately they're completely worth it. your spread is beautiful beneath that lovely salmon. well done, sophie!

  69. lesley says:

    We call them broad beans…don't ask me why! i think your recipe is awesome Sophie!

  70. Momgateway says:

    fava bean spread…how original…

  71. Diana H says:

    I love the idea of making a spread from beans and guacamole to go with your smoked salmon.

  72. Have yet to try fava beans, but this sounds like a great way to do it.

  73. Sophie, I've never had fava beans, but you've convinced me to try them. I love the pairings here, with the purees and the salmon. YUM!

  74. Muneeba says:

    I'm introducing my baby to your blog Sophie .. he's sitting on my lap as I'm typing this! Your food is always so colorful and fun .. I had to show him 🙂

  75. Nancy says:

    Fresh favas are the best! That smoked salmon looks out of this world. Lovely idea!

  76. agrigirl says:

    Another great use of fava beans – I like this. My husband is in love with your photos.

  77. That sounds delicious. Isn't smoked salmon one of the most amazing foods? I was in Belgium a couple weeks ago, and was delighted to find smoked salmon–and champagne–as part of my hotel's breakfast spread. So wonderful!

  78. Jan says:

    Sensational looking sandwich, Sophie. I love the sound of your fava bean spread.

  79. pierre says:

    i love these kind of fresh sandwiches !! bravo!! Pierre

  80. Foodessa says:

    Hi Sophie…had a chance to come back and get that fava bean spread. Since I'm not a big meat eater…I have to up the legumes in my diet. This recipe uses ingredients that I'm familiar with…hence, it shouldn't take me too long to try it out.Thanks, Claudia

  81. Gloria says:

    I love this sandwich Sophie!! yummy! gloria

  82. Judy says:

    Sophie, you are such an adventurous cook. This looks amazing!

  83. Sophie, you shouldopen a high end soup and sandwich bistro because your unique and creative talents when it comes to combining flavors whether it be between bread or in a bowl is just so amazing! I want this sandwich SO SO bad!! Wait, you could open any kind of would be successful in a nano second 🙂

  84. ~~louise~~ says:

    Your rendition looks inducing, Sophie!!! I'm always looking for new ways with salmon. Bookmarked!!!

  85. Hannah says:

    That fava bean spread sounds heavenly, like a special spring-version of hummus! If only I could find fresh fava beans…

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    yes yes yes …more guacamole and more salmon…I just love them!!! and I love what are you doing with them!!! Thanx

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