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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grilled Fava Beans

The appearance of fava beans at the Farmer's Market is a sign that spring has sprung. We have been in a perpetual spring all winter in California, so it is good to have a signal that spring has arrived!

(Side note: Bringing up a perpetual spring would have typically been a braggy statement from a spoiled California brat to the rest of the nation and world about how wonderful our weather is. These days it is more of a complaint than a brag because our drought leaves us helpless and concerned. We missed not having a winter this past year!)

Fava Beans, AKA Broad Beans, were made infamous by the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs when he said, "I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Yum!  Let's get grilling...

There is nothing easier to prepare than Grilled Fava Beans.  Simply throw them on the grill until the skins are nicely charred.  

Some foods require a little 'work' at the table, making them a bit more fun and interesting to eat. Grilled fava beans is a good example of that type of food (others that come to mind include pomegranate and crab).  Simply open the pod to slip out the bean:

And pop the bean out of the skin:

The beautiful green legume is ready to eat!

This is a great accompaniment to other grilled veggies or grilled meat.  I will let you decide if you would like to enjoy with liver and a nice chianti...

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