Saturday, July 18, 2009

Grilled Fava Beans

I love Fava Beans!

For those of you who know me, you already know I love pretty much every food, which tends to dilute the phrase above.

So, just for good measure, I'd like to change it up today and say, "These are my favorite!"


Yesterday, Susan (volunteer extraordinaire) and I, visited Tom at Lone Hawk Farms and were given about 10 lbs. of Fava Beans to showcase this week at the LFM.

Fava beans are also referred to as Broad Beans. They have a fibrous outer pod, and an additional opaque cover over each bean. They are used extensively in Mediterranean and Italian cooking, and can be rather labor intensive. If you have a sous chef, then this will not be a problem. However, in the absence of such a helper, children and spouses make a nice stand in. My only word of warning, if your substitute sous chefs find out how great these little green darlings are, your yield will be significantly less.

Today, we will be grilling Fava Beans and presenting them as an appetizer. It's easy, it's unique, and everyone will be responsible for their own peeling.

Grilled Fava Beans

Fava Bean
Olive oil
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
Chopped herbs, or your favorite seasoning.

Heat your coals, gas grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Toss fava bean pods with a generous amount of olive oil. Place beans on grill, and turn only when they begin to char slightly. Remove each bean as it begins to color/char on both sides and place them in a large bowl and cover with aluminum foil. We want the beans to steam slightly, for about about 5 minutes. Once beans have steamed, add a generous amount of salt, pepper and herbs.

Note: Be generous with the seasonings, for the actual flavor of this dish does not penetrate the pod. The flavor is transferred to your fingers and the bean is seasoned as you peel and pop these into your mouth. Honestly, you may not even get a chance to sample them, because Chris and Susan will have pry them out of my hands before I sneak off to eat them all myself.
Another Note: We found that most of the grilled OUTER pods were edible! All you have to do after you remove the beans, is place the pod in your mouth and pull the pod through your teeth ( just as you would an artichoke). The only thing left will be the two strings on each side of the pod.

See you at the Market!

Chef Deb