I have been excited about fava beans for, oh, 3 months. I kept hoping to see them at the Farmer’s market, and almost gave up hope of getting some local beans.
Fava bean puree- thrown together by yours truly
about 1.5 pounds fava beans
Fava beans make you work for the good stuff inside. You’ve got to shell them, boil them and shell them again. It’s really quite satisfying work- though I can’t speak for doing this for 20 pounds
Anyway, after you’ve got them shelled, pop the little buggers in a pot of boiling water- I think mine were in there for about 5 minutes, maybe 7, 5-7.
Drain and submerge beans in an ice bath- the waxy skins will shrink around the bean. Squeeze the beans out into a food processor.
Add a couple splashes of cream, one diced clove of garlic, the zest of one lemon and 1 tbs lemon juice. pulse until a puree is created, adding more cream as needed. Add salt, pepper and parm to taste. Pulse once more to incorporate.
Serve with a crusty bread.