Fava Beans

Fava Beans, this cover crop is becoming more popular, maybe because it taste so good.  It’s a little time consuming, but well worth it, if your lucky enough to get fresh ones , that you grow or from the Farmer’s Market here’s how to prepare them:

001002004005007008                                                           Unzip, and pop out the bean, (discard the pods, they’re indigestible, but good in compost). If they are different sizes, separate, because the smaller ones will cook faster.  Blanch in boiling water 1-2 minutes, larger at first, then 1 minute more with the small ones.  Drop them into Ice water, to stop the cooking process.  Now they need to be de-skinned.  When the beans are cool, pop out the lovely green pieces from the rubbery skin, and your done.  At this point you can purée them, which seems to be one of the hot things to do on “Chopped”* or simply re-heat slightly add a pat of sweet butter, and pinch of sea salt.

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