cook with me: fava bean spread

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Yesterday we found the first fava beans of the season! Look at how fresh and beautiful they were!

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My dear friend Diane taught me how to make fava bean spread, and I make it all season. It’s so yummy on good crusty bread as an appetizer or to go along with a salad for lunch. I’ve even had it for breakfast! 😉

It’s a little time consuming, but well worth the effort!

First, open the pods and remove the little beans inside (see photo above).

While you’re doing that, bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Once the water is boiling, put the beans in and boil them for about a minute. They’ll look like this

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Take each little bean and pinch it, and the final bean you’ll cook into the spread will pop out. Discard outer shell.

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The next step takes a little patience. Place the shelled beans back in the empty pot, add about 1/3 cup of water and cook them over low heat until they soften. Add water if necessary. As they get softer, start to mash them with a fork.

When they’re about midway done, make a well in the middle, add a bit of olive oil and one garlic clove finely minced. Cook for a minute or so until the garlic has softened, then stir all together.

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 5.53.37 PMContinue to cook on low until the beans are very tender and mashed. Add a little bit of chopped rosemary at this point if you’d like. Then place in a bowl, drizzle with a little olive oil and serve with crusty bread. So good.

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I’ve never tried fava beans any other way; do you have any other recipes?

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