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Grilled fava beans

POSTED ON June 24, 2012

grilled fava beans

I made these grilled fava beans a couple of weeks ago when we were upstate celebrating a friend’s birthday. Six of us, including baby Teo rented a house with a large, well-equipped kitchen and outdoor grill. We spent the lovely, warm days lying on the grass under a tree, dabbling in the cool stream which bordered the property, walking the gardens and orchard…. oh, and we cooked and ate very well! Stella and Alfie had a great time sniffing the air and running around the vast lawn.

Alfie and Teo

Stella sniffing the air

after brunch table

I first saw a recipe for grilled fava beans on Heidi Swanson’s 101 cookbooks and made it a couple of years ago.  I had forgotten about it until recently, when an abundance of favas arrived at the market. It’s a nice, easy and social way to eat the beans, and a perfect appetizer to enjoy as the grill heats up. Heidi tosses the fava beans in salt and olive oil before grilling, I grilled them plain.

fresh fava beans


Teo liked them too!

enjoyed every last one

Grilled fava beans

All you do is lay a pound or so of whole fava beans on a hot grill and cook until they are blistered and charred, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn them over and cook the other side for another few minutes. You want the beans to be soft and creamy inside, open one up to test.

Once they are cooked, remove them from the grill and place on a platter.

To eat; open each pod, take out the beans and pinch off the skin at one end to pop out the bean.

I put salt, pepper and olive oil on the table but we all enjoyed them plain.

POSTED IN appetizer

TAGGED UNDER: gluten free, spring

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  • Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks delicious and simple.

  • Emma says:

    Did you have them with a nice chianti?

    Well, someone had to say it! 😉

    Love the look of this rustic dish and that cute little arm reaching out for one is too adorable for words!

  • Luise says:

    Hi Amy!
    Loved your food job in the latest whole living magazine! Lovely recipes.

    All the best!

  • Nancy says:

    Such a great idea for a starter or side when you’re out grilling! Also alleviates some of the up-front fava cleaning work – it can all be done at table, and guest can help out too 🙂

  • Maryam says:

    But in my country,after washing them,we cook them whole of them in water,after one hour ,it will be really delicious,add some salt to them and enjoy, it.

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