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Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Small Bites

Small Bites

In every episode of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, learn cooking fundamentals following Martha’s signature step-by-step, how-to teaching process. Be sure to check your local listings to see when this episode will be airing in your area.

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Let your taste buds travel to the Arabian Gulf with eye-popping, inspired small bites. Martha introduces four recipes bursting with flavor: crab croquettes, date pancakes, lamb dumplings, and an addictive fava bean dip. So let these hors d’oeuvres spruce up your next gathering.

This Week’s Recipe

Fava Bean Dip



  • Kosher salt
  • 4 cups shelled fresh or frozen fava beans
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno or serrano chile, minced, plus thinly sliced chile for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Assorted raw vegetables or flatbread, for serving


  1. Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add fava beans and cook until very tender, 4 to 8 minutes depending on size. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to ice bath until cool. Drain, and if using fresh, squeeze beans from skin.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add onion, garlic, minced chile, and cumin, and cook until very soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and transfer mixture to a food processor.
  3. Add beans, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt to the processor and process until very smooth, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons water if necessary. Spoon dip into a serving bowl and drizzle with oil. Garnish with sliced chile, cilantro, and mint. Serve with vegetables or flatbread.

Yield: Makes 2 cups

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