Fava beans have a rather short growing season, so when you see them, definitely snatch ’em up. Fresh fava beans are a treat not to be missed. Now, what to do with these tasty legumes? We’ve got a few ideas. See below.
extra-virgin olive oil
Heat grill on high heat.Rinse fava bean pods and pat dry; coat in extra virgin olive oil.
Grill fava beans for about 3-4 minutes on each side until charred and soft. Grill lemon, cut side down until it has grill marks and is juicy.
Remove beans from the pod; bean should slide out easily from skin.
Drizzle with good quality extra-virgin olive oil and fresh shavings of parmesan cheese; sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!
Pasta: Toss beans with your favorite dish.
Hummus: Mash beans, then mix in a little sour cream or greek yogurt along with fresh chopped herbs like mint or dill. Fantastic with crackers when pureed until creamy or as a spread on bruschetta when left chunky.
Succotash: Sure, corn is traditional (do you have frozen summer corn in your freezer? you should.), but don’t limit yourself to just corn. Throw thin slices of zucchini, fresh peas, chopped asparagus, or any other seasonal vegetable into the pan along with those fava beans. Toss over high heat with some olive oil until everything is bright and crisp-tender, and you’ll have a side dish to remember.