How to cook fava beans
There are many delicious recipes you can make with fava beans once you get them out of the pod. Fava beans have a nutty, buttery taste and complement a number of other flavors.
Shell the fava beans, discard the pods, and then remove the peels from the beans by slitting them with a knife and popping out the beans. Then you can cook them until they’re soft by boiling them in salted water or blanch them by boiling them and then submerging them in ice water or steam them for 10 minutes.
Put the fava beans with some stewed baby artichokes. Remove the outer leaves from 2 ¼ pounds of baby artichokes, trim and peel the stems, rub them with a lemon and place them in a container with 4 cups of water and3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Now heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Then add a chopped leek, three cloves of crushed garlic, a teaspoon of salt, and a quarter teaspoon of black pepper and another of red pepper flakes. Cook them for two minutes.
Next add the artichokes, lemon water, and four sprigs each of flat parsley and thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Finally add the beans, cook for three minutes and serve hot. These are delicious served with some pita bread for dipping and scooping.
Another way of preparing fava beans is to toss, in a bowl, 1 pound of cooked fava beans and 2 cups of cooked corn kernels with a sliced cucumber, ½ cup of thinly sliced red onion, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, and 2 ounces of crumbled feta cheese. Serve with a Mediterranean vinaigrette. If you are not sure how to make one, you can find many Mediterranean vinaigrette recipes online.
What about making succotash by sautéing 2 tablespoons of finely diced white onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat. When the onion is translucent, raise the heat and then add a peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber. Cook for six minutes. Now add 1 cup of corn kernels and cook for two minutes. Finally add 1 cup of cooked fava beans, ½ cup of diced red bell pepper, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for two more minutes, add two teaspoons of fresh, chopped tarragon, and serve.
Here’s another way to serve them. Pour the beans into a pot and bring to a boil. Mix them well and add one chopped onion, one diced tomato, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, ¼ cup of chopped parsley, ¼ cup of lemon juice, salt and pepper, and ground red pepper to taste. Bring the mixture back to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Let the mixture cook for five minutes and serve warm with grilled pita bread.
Many ancient societies thought fava beans possessed spiritual and magical properties which seems a good enough reason to add them to your weekly menu!