No, those aren't unshucked favas in the picture. That would not be good eats. Instead, these are Italian flat beans, a recent discovery I made. They're a great substitute for regular old green beans but have a bit more crunch and a slightly sweeter flavor. This is a great side dish for anyone who's looking for something quick and easy on a busy weeknight.
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 Pound fresh Italian flat beans, trimmed
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
- 1 Tablespoon crushed red chile pepper flakes
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice bath. Blanch the beans for about 1 minute, then drain and shock in the ice bath.
Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and crushed red chile pepper flakes and sweat until the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Drain the beans from the ice bath. Add the beans, increase the heat to high, and cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.