Servings: 2 as a side dish
Fava beans have two protective layers: a pod with a soft, furry lining and a tough skin around each bean. Popping the beans out of the pod is easy. Parboiling the beans will loosen the skin around the bean just enough for you to pinch it off. A pound and a half of fava bean pods will only yield a scant cup of beans, so this recipe is designed to serve two people. If you want to double the recipe, you can use a cup of shelled fresh peas in place of the extra cup of favas if you like, since peas pair well with these flavors, too.
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Slip a fava bean out of its skin by pinching one end of the parboiled bean with a thumbnail. Squeeze, and out pops the bean.
Delicious! Just bought fava beans at the farmer's market this morning. Loved the combination of flavors with prosciutto and mint! Will definately make again!
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