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    Egyptian Chili

  • 6 cans fava beans 15 ounces each (drained)
  • 4 large tomatoes seeded and finely chopped
  • 8 fat cloves garlic finely chopped, divided
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 18 scallions finely chopped, divided
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • 6 serrano peppers chopped (I left in the seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 small can Harissa (or make 5 ounces fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp ground cayenne
  • I Tbsp Hot Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Jamaica Hellfire Doc's Special Hot Sauce (use Matouks if Doc's Special is unavailable, or any fiery Carribean Hot Sauce if Matouks is unavailable)
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp ground Telichery black pepper
  • a pinch ground cloves
  • a pinch of saffron
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp standard olive oil (for frying)
  • Extra Virgin olive oil to taste (for drizzling)
  • crumbled goat cheese and/or crumbled feta cheese
  • Method:
    Sauté onions and 12 of the scallions in the olive oil until golden Add bell pepper, 4 of the chopped garlic cloves, and chopped serranos and continue sautéing several minutes
    Lower heat to medium low and add harissa and drained fava beans and cook for 5 minutes stirring often, taking care not to burn anything At this point transfer everything to a large soup or chili pot Add chopped tomatoes, honey, Doc's Special, vinegar, and all dry ingredients Simmer for 30 minutes, or until beans have thickened the chili nicely (you may have to add water (or tomato sauce) as needed, if it thickens too much, but by and large this is a thick sort of chili, often scooped up with pieces of pita bread)

    During final 2 minutes of cooking, add mint, parsley, and cilantro Remove from heat and add the 4 remaining chopped garlic cloves With a potato masher, mash the fava beans completely right in the pot, and stir thoroughly after mashing is finished

    Top individual servings with lots of feta and goat cheese, and the remaining scallions, and drizzle extra virgin olive oil liberally (you may use either feta or goat, but I like it with both) If you do not like either of these cheeses, you may omit them, but something creamy ought to be added to tame the heat (perhaps a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream)

    Serve over long grain basmati rice, or bowtie pasta, with warm pita wedges on the side

    Mild hummus is an excellent accompaniment to help put out the fire (think of it as the guacamole with this chili)

    To be cute, when I served this I put out a bottle each of King Tut, and Queen Nefertiri Hot Sauces (both contain Egyptian spices and are quite good). I sprinkled a few drops of each on mine, but none of my four chile-loving (and chili-loving) guests reached for any. That made me both content and dissapointed.

    From: Porter Banister, Via: Chile Head Mailing List
    Posted By: Porter Banister, porter9@concentric.net
    Post Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998

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