Lebanese mezze are so versatile. You can serve them as appetizers, side dish or even main dish. All depending on how and with what. During lent, this vegan butter beans mezze (fasoulia mtabbalé) is served with bread or potato to be a main dish.
For 1kg butter beans, boiled until tender (yields 4 servings) you need for seasoning:
- 2 lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- salt to taste
Apparently it’s a very easy and quick dish to serve. You boil the beans until tender and you mix with the seasoning ingredients. BUT! there is an astuce to tell you about, that gives the deep flavor and richness. It’s not a secret ingredient but the way you prepare the seasoning!
When you mix lemon, garlic, oil and salt, take from the beans (half cup almost) and mash it to become like a puree and add it to the seasoning. It gives it a thick texture and coat the beans perfectly when mixed. This way you will taste the deep flavor of seasoning in each bite.
One more thing to mention, prepare the fasoulia mtabbalé at least two hours before serving to absorb the seasoning. Serve it at room temperature or cold. Enjoy!