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slacker May 16, 2007 01:11 PM

I love them, but always find myself cooking them pretty much the same way: with some mint, shallots or onions and sometimes some garlic, a bit of stock or water; then eat as is or cook further and mash it up a bit for bruschetta.

Just need some other ideas for fava beans. How do you like to prepare them? Thanks.

  1. inthekitchen Jan 6, 2011 08:03 PM

    Fava bean succotash (room temperature or chilled): Fresh fava beans, roasted red peppers, fresh corn cut off the cob, and basil. Maybe a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Never in the recipe, but I do have some Aleppo chili or Urfa chili on the table, should someone wish to add a little to their dish to spice things up a bit...

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      umphilly Jun 12, 2010 07:43 AM

      I have good success with them in a little summer salad. I usually cook and then combine with chopped tomatoes and raw corn off the cob, and toss with a simple sherry vinegar vinaigrette and whatever herbs are handy (basil, parsley, and mint all work).

      My favorite use of that kind of salad is to put in a shallow bowl with a piece of red snapper that's pan seared until the skin is crispy on top and then sprinkle with basil oil - really delicious.

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        jsaimd Jun 11, 2010 05:53 PM

        we puree them for pasta sauce, put them in pasta, tacos, salads, stir fry, grain salads. They are very versatile. We get a ton when they are at peak season because we host a CSA and many people don't want to deal with them. They leave them for us. Here is the aftermath of one weeks haul...

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          will47 Jun 11, 2010 03:58 PM

          My ex's Italian grandmother made this concoction with broken spaghetti, fava bean, olive oil, and garlic... pretty good. I don't know the exact method; I think she'd cook the pasta and beans first (separately), and then kind of heat everything else together until a little mushy.

          The bigger / tougher ones are good Chinese style as a stir-fry (you could add some chili peppers, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, ginger, garlic and green onion, or something along those lines). I have only done this with the frozen ones. Would be a bit of a waste with fresh ones.

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            the mess Jun 11, 2010 12:04 PM

            Try Persian markets if you're in LA or somewhere else with a sizable community. They will always have bags of double-shelled favas in the freezer section.

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            1. re: the mess
              westsidegal Mar 23, 2014 07:34 PM

              just bought some fresh ones at my local sprouts.
              whole foods normally carries the dried ones in their bulk department.

            2. ChefJune Mar 17, 2010 08:07 AM

              Whole Foods used to have favas frozen and already peeled. A very good product and SO convenient. Maybe if we all begged, they would get them back?

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              1. re: ChefJune
                MMRuth Mar 17, 2010 11:25 AM

                I recently think I saw that Agata & Valentina mentions on their website that they carry them. Haven't been though.

              2. Kitchen Imp Aug 30, 2007 01:42 AM

                I discovered a great way to cook them up without shelling them: fava bean soup, pureed. This is modified from Anderson's The Food of Portugal (a great cookbook, btw).

                This recipe is good for about 1 pound favas. Remove the favas from the pods, but don't shell them, and boil about 20 min. In a separate stock pot, sautee two coarsely chopped onions and a couple cloves garlic (diced) in olive oil. When the onions are limp, about 5 min, add 2 medium-sized cubed potatoes and sautee a bit. Then add lots of chicken stock - maybe 4-5 cups. Boil about 20-30 min, or until potatoes are mushy. When they are easily squished with a fork, add the favas and their cooking water. Recommended spices: a pinch of red pepper flakes, black pepper, dried mint. Puree completely, either in a blender/food processor in batches or (my preference) a hand blender. Put one tsp chopped fresh mint in each bowl and ladle soup over it.

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                1. re: Kitchen Imp
                  MMRuth Mar 17, 2010 08:01 AM

                  That sounds delicious.

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                  kobetobiko May 16, 2007 06:46 PM

                  Hi, one of my favorite dishes at Del Posto (Batali's upscale Italian restaurant in NYC) is the orecchiette with lamb neck sauage, chanterelles, and fava beans. While I don't have the recipe, the dish does not some with much sauce, and appears to be mainly sauteeing all the ingredients with the orecchiette. You may want to give this a try!

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                    jono37 May 16, 2007 01:15 PM

                    I just made them for the 1st time last last weekend. It was very labor-intensive, what with shelling the beans, cooking them, then piercing every skin one at a time to release the beans. Any faster way to do this?

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                    1. re: jono37
                      slacker May 16, 2007 01:18 PM

                      Unfortunately, no. I asked the same question last fava bean season, and everyone agreed, there's no faster method.

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                        OldTimer May 16, 2007 01:21 PM

                        With a bit of luck, you might find a Chinese market that carries imported frozen "broad beans" (the British name for favas). They are frozen, shelled, but with the slippery hulls attached. We get them in the SF area for about $1.50 lb. I parboil, cool, then snip the hull with scissors and pop out the bean. Excellent in place of green peas (carbonara, Cashew Chicken, etc).

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                          Cheese Boy May 16, 2007 06:34 PM

                          I agree. I get completely shelled frozen favas (broad beans) in Flushing, NY for $1.49 at Hong Kong Market. In NYC, I get 28 ounces of favas (unshelled, frozen, from Chile) for $2.50. When favas are not available fresh at the market, these work well. An added benefit is you save a lot of time in preparation because they're already shelled. Taste is comparable.

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                            HSMA Mar 17, 2010 07:24 PM

                            I bought double peeled frozen favas today at an mediterrean market. How do I cook them ? No directions on package

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                              Cheese Boy Mar 17, 2010 09:29 PM

                              "Double-peeled" means you have favas that result looking like these on the LEFT in this image, correct? If you have those then you are in for a real treat. Look --> http://www.nygirleatsworld.com/ny_gir...

                              I have a very spartan recipe I use, but it is quite good. Take some finely diced onion and toss it into a pot along with your fava and cook it as you would soup on medium to high heat. Drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil just before serving and enjoy. Very delicious. If you're looking for a little bit more, you can include a standard mirepoix (and potatoes), but I feel it detracts from the taste of the fava. Also, be aware that the favas will cook rather quickly because they are out of their shell [unprotected]. Taste for doneness OFTEN otherwise you will experience what'll look like a green mushy mess. HTH.

                              1. re: HSMA
                                scunge Mar 18, 2010 06:58 AM

                                I like simmering with either fresh or canned tomato in its juices ,herbs, s&p and olive oil .or steam and serve with salad ,cheese etc .Here on Long Island I get canned (several varieties) jarred (green and real good),as well as frozen and fresh.

                            2. re: OldTimer
                              Kitchen Imp May 16, 2007 08:34 PM

                              Where in the Bay Area did you find them? In Portugal they were readily available that way in the freezer section of the grocery store, and I haven't been able to find them here. In Portugal we'd parboil them in bouillon or water, then sautee in olive oil, sliced garlic, paprika, or whatever spices suit your fancy. Mmmm!

                              1. re: Kitchen Imp
                                OldTimer May 16, 2007 09:09 PM

                                99 Ranch market...in the freezer section.

                                1. re: OldTimer
                                  somervilleoldtimer Mar 16, 2010 07:29 PM

                                  You will also find them in the freezer section of Portuguese or Brazilian supermarkets (in the Boston area.)

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                                    jules127 Mar 17, 2010 12:32 PM

                                    Thats great news. I don't know of any of these markets though, anywhere near the South End?

                                    1. re: jules127
                                      somervilleoldtimer Mar 20, 2010 03:05 PM

                                      Hmm. I don't know the South End very well. I shop in Somerville, in Union Square, at Market Basket, beloved store. But I think the beans are Goya brand, so ask your local purveyor to start stocking them.

                            3. re: jono37
                              MMRuth May 16, 2007 06:39 PM

                              I agree that it's labor intensive - but prepared some this weekend and got into a rhythm removing the skins. Assuming you are right handed, pick up blanched fava bean in right hand, pierce skin with thumbnail, transfer to left hand and squeeze out the bean and drop in the bowl, tossing the skin. While you are doing that with the left hand, pick up the next bean with the right hand, repeat etc. Once I got going with this, it didn't take long at all to get them all done.

                              1. re: jono37
                                carswell May 16, 2007 08:50 PM

                                In the parallel Fava Beans thread, I've described two methods recommended by Paula Wolfert www.chowhound.com/topics/401545#2576280

                                I've only tried the freezing method. Though Paula says her beans pop out of their skins when she handles them that way, I've found it fairly laborious if somewhat faster and less messy than parboiling.

                                1. re: carswell
                                  Antfinn Jun 19, 2011 06:26 PM

                                  Thank you for this post. Last PM I reaped the remaining favas from the garden, 17 pounds, in the pod! Planted them in the Fall 2010 for green compost but let them grow instead. We have been eating them like English peas, very young, needn't be peeled. Now I will go the Wolfert way of freezing. Also sfgate.com had article about roasting whole pod and eating salted like edamame. Will try this also. My fingernails are dyed black from just stripping 'em from the stalks. It's gonna get a whole lot worse!

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