May 13, 2008
Fava Bean City
Part of the deal with our CSA, and maybe with others, is that there is a 'trade' area where you can leave stuff you don't want and ideally trade it for something else. This week's deposit was a whole bag of fava beans, which I promptly snatched up. I'll leave something another day...
I got home and realized I had like 3 lbs of fava beans. I didn't think it would be so many since the yield is so low after the shucking and peeling. Ha - the joke was on me! I had a HUGE bowl of fava beans!
What I've done with them:
1. Shucked, blanched, peeled. Required for anything else I'd want to do, anyway.
2. Made a 'ragout' using instructions from Alice Water's 'Vegetables' book (just cover with half water/half olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic, rosemary - cook for 5-8 minutes). Eh - they were good. Not mind blowing.
3. Whizzed remaining ragout-ed favas with some pecorino and voila - a spread for toast.
4. Mixed in with a lentil salad.
5. Tossed with pasta.
I think I'm almost sick of fava beans. The season is just about over, anyway.