Thursday, May 23, 2013

Recipe Creation: Smashed Fava Beans with Lemon Zest

I am having a little love affair with fava beans at the moment.  They are a bit of a labor of love, but well worth it.  Knowing that they have a short season also motivates me to cook them as much as I can.  I've grilled them, boiled them, and sautéed them, but this is by far my favorite preparation.  The smashed little beans make a perfect side or bruschetta topping.  Hurry and snatch these up at the farmer's market before you miss your chance!


  • 1 lb fava beans, outer pod removed
  • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp maldon sea salt


-Bring a medium pot of water to boil.
-Add fava beans and cook for 3-4 minutes.
-Remove from heat and place favas in a bowl of ice water.
-Peel inner shells off the fava beans and discard.
-Place the favas in a bowl with the olive oil and mash with a fork.
-Top with lemon zest and a sprinkling of sea salt.