Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fava Bean and Pecorino Cheese Salad

Fava beans

What do you do when you have a whole bunch of fresh fava beans and not much imagination? I’ve never been a big fan of large beans. In fact I don’t think I’ve had any outstanding experiences with fava beans as the main ingredient in a dish, therefore it has never occurred to me to willingly go hunt for them in the stores or at the farmer’s market.

Fava beans

I needed some ideas when I received a bag full of organic fava beans from my friend. I asked her for recommendations on use, but she too was not sure because they were actually passed down to her from a friend’s. (By the way, the beans were absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed getting them out the shell.) Feeling sorry for the beans and a bit responsible, I felt the need to stop the endless cycle of bean hand-me-downs so I posted a note on my Foodbuzz profile asking foodies around the world for the fava bean recipes. Shortly after the post, Julsi who is a food blogger from Tuscany responded "Eat them with some pecorino cheese. They're fabulous together!"

Fava beans

So I searched for a recipe of fava beans and pecorino cheese and found a great article and very appetizing recipes from NPR.
They even list the preparation in step by step.


Fava Bean and Pecorino Cheese Salad

I wrote down the ingredient list and went to the store, but when I came home I realized that I bought the wrong kind of Pecorino cheese… I guess, I could have taken it back and gotten soft goat cheese instead, but it was too much of a hassle, so I gave up. Since I decided to use shaved pecorino, I also added some Kalamata olives to add soft texture to it. It wasn’t bad at all and I finished it, but it would have been much better with soft cheese I think, which gives me a reason to eat more fava beans again. Is anyone here a big fan of fava beans or know of any fabulous fava bean recipes?

4 comments:

  1. *gasp* ... so pretty ... beans have never looked so good! Your photography amazes me.

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  2. OOOHH!! Look!!!
    guess!! we eat fava beans with your kind of pecorino cheese, not with the fresh one!
    so you have had a real tuscan dish!
    your blog looks fantastic, and so do your recipes!

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  3. >Muneeba
    Thanks! I thought that they looked so cute - looked as if they were sleeping on fluffy cribs. :)

    >Juls
    Seriously? Wow, that's great!

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  4. I have to say this.."May I have that with a glass of Chianti?" LOL Seriously, though, that salad looks so refreshing and beautiful! Love Pecorino, and what a great pairing with the beans!!

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