Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens

Sautéed Fava Beans and Greens
Darrin Nordahl

Ingredients

  • 24  fava bean pods, shucked
  • 1 Tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  yellow onion, diced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups  packed fava greens
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  •   Fava blossoms, for garnish (optional)*

Here is a simple yet absolutely delectable fava side dish. Fava beans require a bit of time and effort to prepare. You have to shell, parboil, then peel the lil' buggers. To cut down on time (and to enrich the flavor), use both fava beans and fava greens. Fava greens are sweet and mild, and make a wonderful sautéed green. It is much easier to prepare the leaves for cooking (simply pick and rinse) than the beans. So by padding the dish with greens, you can serve more generous portions of favas in a reduced time.

Served alongside a grilled steak and a nice chianti. (Sorry, no liver; but bonus beans if you get that reference.)

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Directions

Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat and set up an ice bath. Parboil the fava beans for about 1 minute. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice bath. Once cooled, slip off the skins and set the tender green legumes aside.

Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sauté the onion until caramelized lightly. Add the fava beans and garlic and cook for about 1 more minute.

Now add the fava greens. (These greens are very delicate, so you'll only want to lightly toss the leaves for about 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and garnish with fava blossoms, if using.

Notes

*Note: If you are lucky and have access to fava flowers, garnish your beans and greens with these handsome, delicate blossoms.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

210 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

11%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 26g 41%
  • Carbs 42g 14%
  • Saturated 9g 47%
  • Fiber 14g 56%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 17g
  • Monounsaturated 13g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 15g 30%
  • Cholesterol 31mg 10%
  • Sodium 65mg 3%
  • Calcium 144mg 14%
  • Magnesium 74mg 18%
  • Potassium 833mg 24%
  • Iron 4mg 21%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 264mg 38%
  • Vitamin A 389µg 43%
  • Vitamin C 22mg 37%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 21%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 31%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 26%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 257µg 64%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 165µg 207%
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