LETTERBOX CSA 2018 Week 11


This week's CSA includes: 

1 Cucumber
3 Pieces Squash
1 Bag Fava Beans
1 Bag Potatoes
1 Bag Baby Speckled Romaine Lettuce
1 Bag Pea Shoots
1 Head Garlic

Meat Choices This Week:Whole Chicken, Half Chicken, Chicken Breast, 
Chicken Leg/thighs, Pork Chops, Ground Pork, Bacon,
Country Ribs, Spare Ribs, Hot And Sweet Italian Sausage,
Pork Bratwurst, Spicy Pork Sausage Patties

Letterbox CSA Week 11, July 5, 2018

Gabriel’s Sauteed Fava Beans


“When I was recently able to get ahold of fresh fava beans, I wanted to cook them in a way that highlighted the taste of the beans themselves, and here’s how Gabriel Claycamp of Culinary Communion suggested I fix them.”


Gabriel’s Sauteed Fava Beans

This week's recipe comes from Julie R at Genius Kitchen

Boiling water
1 lb fresh fava beans, in the pod (yields about 1 1/2 to 2 cups shelled beans)
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced, to taste
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then add salt – the amount depends on how much water you have, but it should be very salty, like seawater.

Shell the beans from the fava pods (I found it’s sometimes easier - especially if you're new to fava beans - to open the pods when you run the edge of a knife along the seam, cutting away the tough edge so that the pod halves come apart).

In a bowl, combine ice and tap water to make ice water; set aside.

Add the shelled beans to the boiling water and let cook for about 3 minutes, then remove from saucepan and immediately plunge into the ice water to halt the cooking. Let the beans cool, then peel the outer skin from each of them.

Over medium heat in a skillet, melt together the butter and olive oil, then add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the peeled fava beans and sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are done to your preference.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper, serve, and enjoy!

Note: in choosing your fava beans, get the pods that are firm and fresh looking; also, if you’re feeling silly, have these along with your favorite liver dish and a nice Chianti.

Note 2: once you've made these basic fava beans, you can add other delicious items such as caramelized onions or fennel, chunky fresh tomatoes, and/or a bit of chopped proscuitto.

Note 3: I asked Gabriel if favas could be frozen effectively, and he said that yes, you can shuck them and blanch them for 1 minute at most, then freeze them in a single layer on a sheet in the freezer before putting them into bags; great bright green color and no mushiness in texture; thaw, peel, and use as usual.

View the original recipe on the Genius Kitchen website