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Greek fava bean, eggplant and olive stew with feta

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Greek fava bean, eggplant and olive stew with feta
A richly-flavored Greek stew with fava beans, eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, potatoes and kalamata olives, served with crumbled feta cheese.

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 red onions—diced
1 eggplant (aubergine)—cut into small cubes
1 red pepper (capsicum)—diced
1 zucchini (courgette)—diced
1 potato—cut into small cubes
6 cloves garlic—minced (crushed)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
28 oz (840g) canned tomatoes—chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups long-grain rice
8 oz (240g) frozen fava (broad) beans—cooked, rinsed under cold water, and skins removed
24 pitted kalamata olives—halved
4 oz (120g) feta cheese


HEAT 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan. COOK the onions for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. ADD the red pepper, eggplant and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, then add the potato, garlic and oregano and cook for 1 minute. ADD the tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper, stir well to combine and bring to a boil. REDUCE the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. WHILE the stew simmers, cook the rice. ADD the cooked, peeled fava beans, parsley and olives to the stew and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. REMOVE from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. SERVE over rice with crumbled feta cheese on top (alternatively serve with bulgur or crusty bread instead of rice).



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