fava bean recipes

1.  crostini with fava bean spread

crostini with fava bean spread

fava bean spread/dip

Ingredients:

1 baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch slices

2 cups fresh fava beans, shelled and peeled (here’s how)

2 cloves garlic

4 tablespoons olive oil, or more, to taste

3 tablespoons cream

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

To make the fava bean spread:  Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Adjust the seasonings and olive oil to taste.  Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.  Serve as an appetizer with crostini or crackers.

To make the crostini:  Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet.  Drizzle the bread slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Broil until toasted and lightly browned.  Transfer the crostini to a serving plate and serve with the fava bean spread.

2.  fava beans sautéed with garlic and red pepper flakes

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh fava beans, shelled and peeled (here’s how)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch red pepper flakes

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, to garnish (optional)

Method:

Warm the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a sauté pan over medium heat.  When the garlic becomes fragrant, add the fava beans and sauté until the beans are heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with parsley and serve as a side dish.

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