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Jul 12, 2010 01:44 PM

good recipes for young fava beans/broad beans/butter beans/lima beans?

Would love to hear if you have any favourite recipes for fresh-picked fava beans/lima beans/butter beans/broad beans/habas, including any recipes that use them while they're still in their pods ;-)

Would be esp. interested in Portuguese or Spanish preparations, and/or any recipes involving parsley and/or cilantro.


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  1. Oops... that'll teach me to search after posting.

    Found this recent thread:

    Sorry for the somewhat redundant post topic, but would still be interested in any other recipes anyone would like to share, especially any recipes using the beans while they are still in their pods ;-)

    1. my favorite for shelled favas is blanched, then tossed with olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice and mint.

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        1. Has anyone ever prepared butter beans or cooked dry lima beans as though they were potatoes and you were making potato salad? It occurs to me that their texture would play well as faux potato salad.

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          1. re: greygarious

            i've mashed up lima beans before and passed them off to kids as 'green mashed potatoes'

            1. re: monocle

              If they bought THAT, they'd definitely accept butter beans or large dried limas, which are creamier than green limas and have none of that grassy flavor. It's confusing, but a number of different beans can be called lima.

              1. re: greygarious

                I actually use the larger frozen lima beans(when i can find them :( ), which are generally less grassy and more creamy than the smaller lima beans.

            2. re: greygarious

              I followed through, making "fauxtato salad" and posting about it this week under that title. It is very good, with a taste and texture almost indistinguishable from standard potato salad. As a borderline diabetic, I should avoid white potatoes as they spike blood sugar (cooled and reheated cooked spuds don't raise it as much). Beans are metabolized gradually so they are an excellent alternative. I have never had fresh butter beans so I don't know if they'd work in this preparation as well as cooked dried.

            3. Two Spanish ideas are tortilla (Spanish style omelette) with jamon serrano and sauteed onions and habas con jamon (cooked with onion, garlic and jamon serrano). Not Spanish, but delicious are grilled favas.