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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

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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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

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

  1. 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

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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…

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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 🙂

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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 🙂

  29. 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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  35. 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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