Monday, July 23, 2012

Roasted Fava Beans. Gluten-free. Vegan

Part of the fun of receiving new vegetables in the CSA each week is trying to decide how to consume them. Obviously, lettuce is easy: salad! Cucumbers, once they become plentiful, are great for homemade pickles, and basil goes straight into some pesto sauce. However, there are other, less common vegetables that creep into our fridge that I have no idea how to prepare.

pardon the strawberry stains on my cutting board!
Fava beans is one of them.


I've had fava beans at least once before, but it was loooong ago. So long ago that I don't even remember what I did with them! I know I liked them, but haven't exactly gone out of my way to pick them up again. However, when they appeared in last week's CSA share, I decided I must figure out a way to make these that's all my own so I can have a foolproof recipe to go back to if this ever happens again.

This is not the world's most difficult or most gourmet recipe, by any means. In fact, I'm not sure if it can really be considered a recipe, but I'm calling it such no matter what! In the end, though, even though I'm happy with how the meal turned out, I'm okay with not having fava beans again for another year or two.


Roasted Fava Beans
Ingredients:
Fava beans, with pods removed
Olive oil for pan and to pour over beans
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Turn oven broiler on. 
  2. Pour oil into skillet or oven-proof pan. Place shelled fava beans into pan and pour more oil over them. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Broil for about 10 minutes, or until browned. Serve with pasta or rice.

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