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Easy and Healhy Recipe Blistered Fava Beans
Blistered Fava Beans - Steps9 - Serve

Easy and Healhy Recipe Blistered Fava Beans

Blistered Fava Beans are Creamy and Delicious

Fava Beans, also known as broad beans, were made famous by Hanibal Lecter, who said

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

Sadly, this is the most many Americans know about this delicious bean. Fava Beans are creamy in both texture and flavor and goes well pasta and meat dishes. The bean originated in Greece and is very common in Mediterranean cooking.  

The fiber and protein content is high in this dish, as the beans and Canadian bacon are both lean. The olive oil adds most of the calories, although this can be mitigated. The less olive oil you use, the less browned and crispy the beans will become. Choose your own battle.

Fava Beans can be found fresh, canned, jarred, steamed and vacuum sealed.

Fava Beans can be found fresh, canned, jarred, steamed and vacuum sealed. Vacuum sealed is the best of both.

This recipes makes three side portions or one meal.

Total Calories: Side portion: 250 calories; Entrée Portion: 750 calories

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ Red or brown onion
  • 5 slices of Canadian bacon, diced.
    • May substitute with 2 slices of bacon
  • One can of cooked fava beans , or one pouch of Melissa’s Produce steamed fava beans (recommended), drained and rinsed
  • ½ Cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¾ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation of Blistered Fava Beans

1) Warm ½ olive oil in a small pan.

2) Cooking on medium heat, add Canadian bacon, allowing to slightly brown. If using real bacon, cut olive oil use by half

3) Add red onion, cook until onion begin to sweat

Blistered Fava Beans  Steps 1-3 Render Canadian Bacon and

Blistered Fava Beans Steps 1-3 Render Canadian Bacon and onions

4) Turn heat to high and add remainder of olive oil.

5) Add fava beans and mix together.

Blistered Fava Beans Steps 4-5 - Add Fava Beans at on high heat

Blistered Fava Beans Steps 4-5 – Add Fava Beans at on high heat

6) When fava beans begin to blister, add Parmesan cheese, garlic and pepper. Thoroughly mix ingredients.

Blistered Fava Beans - Steps 6 - add parmesan and seasoning

Blistered Fava Beans – Steps 6 – add parmesan and seasoning

7) Cook until fava beans are brown and blistered, onions are browned and Canadian bacon is slightly crispy.

8) Toss the lemon juice into the hot pan, right before serving the beans.

Blistered Fava Beans - Steps 7-8-  Cook until Blistered and add lemon juice

Blistered Fava Beans – Steps 7-8- Cook until Blistered and add lemon juice

9) Optional, serve blistered fava beans with freshly grated Parmesan on top. Blistered fava beans pair well with pan seared salmon. 

Blistered Fava Beans - Steps9 - Serve

Blistered Fava Beans

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

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