Saturday, July 26, 2014

Garden To Grill - Salted Fava Beans


Every year I grow at least one veggie that I have never grown before. Last year it was oca, this year it is the fava bean. I bought 6 plants at the farm stand and watched them grow from a couple of inches to several feet tall. Then they started to flower. The flowers were white and grew in clusters with each flower having a big dark spot on the lower petal. These grew into the green pods seen below.


If picked early, while the pods are still thin, fava beans can be eaten whole like any other bush bean. If you let them grow until they are large and plump just pull the outside string and remove the beans. They will be covered with a thick waxy shell. Parboil them for just a minute, plunge into ice water, and peel the waxy layer off. Now you have a bright green oddly shaped bean.


Today we grilled fava beans and ate them right out the shell. Prep was minimal; just a quick toss with a little olive oil and salt. My husband grilled them for four to five minutes on the first side and then a minute or two on the other, before removing them from the grill. They were cooked perfectly soft and had a sweet buttery taste. The olive oil and salt that was initially tossed on the beans stuck to my fingers and reminded me of edamame that I have eaten before at one of our favorite restaurants.

Ingredients:

Fava beans
Olive oil
Salt

To prepare:

Toss beans with olive oil and salt. On grill lay pods in a single layer, turn after 4 to 5 minutes on first side, then grill for another minute or two on the next side. Remove, salt again if needed.

To eat, tear open pod and squeeze the beans out, if tender enough eat whole pod. Enjoy!





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Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

48 comments:

  1. I love that you try growing different vegetables. I'm still kinda new to where we live, so I am still trying to figure out what grows around here. I really want to grow soybeans. I'm going to try that next year.
    I had no idea you could eat the pod on fava beans, I thought they had to be shelled. Great idea to grill them!

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    1. Hi Cindy, still experimenting, but as long as the pods are young there still edible. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. It's great that you try growing something different every season. I've never had fava beans and certainly never grown them. I love how you prepared them simply, letting their flavour shine xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, thanks, gardening is an adventure, having fun.

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  3. Oh My Goodness. Fava Beans. My dad grows them in his garden in San Francisco. I must make this when he gives me some. (hie is stingy about it though)

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    1. Hi Marlene, I can see why he might be stingy, they are delicious!

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  4. Homegrown fava beans!! wow..Cheri..this is amazing. I usually have no luck growing veggies...I guess I just have to keep trying!

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    1. Hi Angie, it's funny because some veggies will grow great one year and then not so great the next. I'm still learning.

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  5. Thanks, you've inspired me to plant some fava beans. I really enjoy them and they sound perfect when grilled for a snack or side dish :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, with really fresh veggies I'm finding they are best prepared simply.

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  6. Fava beans are one of my spring favorites!! Love that you grew your own!

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    1. Hi Joanne, I was so surprised to see the pods on the vines, this was my first time growing them. Thanks!

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  7. Such a simple recipe. I bet they're delicious!

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  8. Simplicity at its best. I love grilling vegetables! I think it's awesome that every year you grow something that you've never grown before.... that's so inspiring... The fava beans look so delicious, Cheri! <3

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    1. Thanks Prudy, I am really enjoying this experience.

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  9. I'm jealous that you grow your own fava bean, how wonderful! What a delightful presentation!

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    1. Thanks Chris, I was surprised when I first saw them, was not expecting them to grow as well as they did.

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  10. Fava beans are amazing! I wish we could grow them in Tucson. I love any recipe that makes you lick your fingers!!

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    1. Hi David, I know me too, though I';m going to try my hand at growing them this winter in Phoenix, though I will probably have to cover them at some point.

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  11. These are called broad beans here I think and John loves them. I like them when they're tiny. I've never put them on the bbq though!

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    1. Hi Maureen, we only had about 8 pods and my husband was grilling anyway so thats why we tried them that way, they were delicious!

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  12. Simple and fabulous! Those fava beans must taste fantastic.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. I don't think I've ever had fresh beans. Dried yes, but never fresh. They sure look amazing. And so great that you can grow your own!

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    1. Hi Mike, I'm really enjoying gardening, especially beans like this.

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  14. What a terrific idea for the lava beans…they must taste great with a little smokey flavor.

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    1. Hi Karen, yes they had great flavor, we really enjoyed them.

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  15. That's a clever idea, Cheri. I haven't eaten fava beans for a while.....such a pain to prepare. But I do love them. Think grilling them this way would not only be tasty, but fun!

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    1. Hi Barbara, it was fun, a spur of the moment type thing actually, my husband was already grilling.

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  16. How cool Cheri. We try new vegetables and this year we planted edamame but it didn't produce :( These look great - how interesting!

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    1. Hi Tricia, I know I was so surprised when I saw them, I did not expect much, you would of thought I'd won the lottery.

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  17. I tried growing fava beans but was unsuccessful. May try again as I do love them. Grilling them is a great idea.

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    1. Thanks Norma, I'm having a lot of fun this year with my garden.

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  18. Cheri, broad beans are just the best, aren´t they?! And they sound delightfully delicious prepared this way!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, they certainly are delicious!

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  19. I love me some grilled beans so I'm very happy to see this recipe! YUM!

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  20. I love the notion of trying a new vegetable each year, Cheri. This is the first time in a very long time that I planted vegetables and only a few at that. Your idea has inspired me to try a new one next year:)

    It may even be Fava Beans. I imagine they were delicious on the grill and oh so simple! Thank you so much for sharing, Cheri...

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    1. Hi Louise, I have been fighting with the varmints and slugs but I am still on the winning side. It's been fun.

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  21. As someone who can only keep her herb plants alive for a few weeks max, I am in awe of all you amazing gardeners! This grilled fava bean recipe looks amazing! Love a simple recipe that takes advantage of seasonal fresh ingredients.

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    1. Thanks Monica, I just started gardening a couple of years ago, so really I'm just figuring things out.

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  22. Fava beans are awesome! So cool you grow one new veggie a year. That takes talent!

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  23. We just planted our broad bean seeds in the garden last weekend, and I look forward to late spring/early summer when we start harvesting. I've never tried them grilled and salted like this, but I'm just about beside myself with excitement thinking about them. Can't wait to try.

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    1. Hi Sue, this was my first time growing them and today I went out to water my garden and once again there are more favas, I feel so fortunate, not really sure of what I am doing yet so this is a bonus. Good luck on your bean harvest.

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  24. I love the idea of browning one new thing each year! For me this year is was bush beans - not very out of the ordinary, granted, but I'd never grown them. I love fava beans (except the whole peeling thing), and love grilling the young pods! Getting them young is definitely the way to go!

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    1. Hi Susan, I agree, gardening is still pretty new to me and I am having such fun, totally understand how ordinary veggies can be exciting as they are are to me.

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