FAVAS GUISADAS / FAVA BEAN STEW
1/2 pound linguica or chourico sausage
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of beer
3 tbs of tomato paste
2 cups of water
1.5 – 2 pounds of frozen fava beans
1 bay leaf
1 tsp of hot crush peppers
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the sausage. Cook until slightly browned. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaf until onion is translucent and soft. Add the tomato paste and mix well into other ingredients. Next add the beer. Bring to a quick boil and then add the water. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes uncovered.
Add the frozen fava beans and again bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste and hot crushed peppers. Cover saucepan and allow to simmer on low / medium heat until the fava beans are cooked, and the sauce is starts to thicken. If at any time, the sauce starts to dry out too much, simply add a little more water. For me the fava beans taste best is they are allowed to simmer on low for a long period of time – normally between one to two hours.