Saturday, April 13, 2013

Infamous Beans

" . . . with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."  Dr Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs, (movie version).

We received ~ 2 lb fresh fava beans in last week's CSA box along with instructions to prepare these unusual beans:

Open the pods and remove the beans.

Blanch the beans for one minute in salty-as-the-sea boiling water, drain, then plunge in ice water for three to five minutes until completely cool.

Next remove the outer skins from the emerald green beans.

Saute in butter, add salt and pepper to taste.

Yes, they were good - tender and delicate - but a lot of work for a forkful of beans.