Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fava Bean Bento

Fava beans are now in season at the farmers markets in Sonoma County. They do take some effort to prepare, but they taste so good that I will usually give it a go a few times each spring.

In the top tier: fava bean and ricotta cheese puree with a fava bean butterfly on top, garlic crostinis, an apple rabbit, and walnuts from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market. In the lower tier: pulled pork wrapped in a red lettuce leaf from Triple T Farms, cucumber slices, baby carrots, radishes, and a yakionigiri from Trader Joe's.

Preparing fava beans requires shelling them from their pods, blanching them and quickly cooling them, then removing the outer skin from the bean. Then you still have to cook them. So it's a bit of an effort. But super delish, and the essence of spring! I bought these favas from Triple T, but lots of vendors at the Sonoma farmers markets have favas right now. I also used a garlic scape (another amazing spring veggie) from Middleton Farms in this recipe.

Fava beans in their pods from Triple T.

Garlic scapes from Middleton Farms.

Fava Bean and Ricotta Puree with Garlic Crostini

a little over 1 pound of unshucked fava bean pods
olive oil for sauteeing
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
2/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic scape, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1 baguette, sliced thin
1 garlic clove, sliced in half
2 tablespoons olive oil

fresh goat cheese (optional)

Prepare the favas as described above. Reserve a few fava beans for garnish. In a sautee pan, heat about 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Sautee the shallots for about 1 minute, then add the fava beans and the italian seasoning. Cook the favas for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the favas cook, arrange the sliced baguette on a cookie sheet. Rub each slice with the side of the garlic clove. Discard the clove. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil, then broil until the edges of the baguette slices just start to turn golden. Remove bread from oven and set aside. Remove the fava beans from the heat and allow to cool for about 2 minutes. In a food processor, combine the favas, ricotta, olive oil, and garlic scape. Pulse to combine. Use a spatula to push the mixture back down (without the blade running!) to make sure the favas and cheese are well mixed. Turn the mixture out into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Top garlic crostinis with fava mixture and an individual fava bean. You can also put a small bit of goat cheese on each crostini. Makes about 30 crostinis.

Delish with a nice chianti. Ffftftffftftfftftf....

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  1. Oooooh, Clarice that looks good! It would be a nice break from hummus... now to just find fresh fava beans, lol!

  2. Omg. That fava ricotta thing looks and sounds SO GOOD! Love the bright green color too!
    I'm feeling the pulled pork too. Yummers!

  3. Such a gorgeous spring delicacy and recipe--delightful!! Thanks for sharing such delicousness...

  4. Thanks Heather! Fresh fava beans are soooo tasty, good luck finding them.

  5. Thanks sheri! I am still nomming on the fava puree. It's great with sut veggies too.

  6. That should read 'cut' veggies. Although it's probably good with sut veggies, whatever they are. LOL