Fava beans

July 9th, 2008 by Eric

A recent farm basket from Tiny’s Organics included some beautiful fava beans.  Dawn and I look forward to favas each spring, and we ordered them at restaurants around town whenever we could this past month.  Now that we had our own, I spent an hour peeling them, twice – once for the outer pod, which provides a spongy cushion for the beans, and then again for the shell around each individual fava.  Talk about packaging!  But it’s worth the effort.

Making fava bean crostini with pecorino and mint

Since it was such a nice summer day, I wanted something to snack on while relaxing in the back yard.  I looked at what we had in our kitchen, and decided to make fava bean crostini with pecorino and mint.  It went well with a glass of Commanderie de la Bargemone 2007 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé (a great recommendation from Catherine while we were shopping at Bella Cosa).

Fava Bean Crostini with Pecorino and Mint
Makes 4 crostini

1.5 lbs fava beans
1 garlic clove
1 lemon
Rustic bread
Mint leaves
Olive oil
Pecorino cheese

Remove the outer and inner fava bean shells.  Blanch favas in salted boiling water for a minute, then strain and run under cold water to prevent beans from cooking further. 

Whisk together 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt, and pepper.  Taste the vinaigrette and adjust flavor as needed.  Toss the favas with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat them.

Brush four pieces of 1/2″ thick bread with olive oil, and toast until golden brown.  Slice garlic clove in half, and rub the bread with the garlic.  Chop mint into thin strips.

To assemble: put a single layer of favas on each toast, shave pecorino cheese on top, sprinkle mint strips, drizzle a little olive oil, and crack pepper over each toast.

4 Responses to “Fava beans”

  1. Dorothy Robinson says:

    I too love fava beans, in spite of the labor involved. Earlier in the week we had crostini with ricotta, fava beans, and thinly sliced basil (and a drizzle of olive oil). What luxury!

  2. sarah says:

    love fava beans, too…though didn’t know they were still around (shame on me – i’ve obviously not been to the farmers’ market in weeks)

  3. matt wright says:

    Fava’s are just awesome aren’t they! Certainly my favorite bean, runner beans come second, but I don’t see those in Seattle that often.

  4. Abby Jenkins says:

    WOW! Your photographs are inspirational! Makes me want to grab the Nikon and head outside with something yummy. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

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