To a kid, fava beans never sounded like something I would want to eat. In cartoons, lima beans and fava beans were the "gross" food that all the kids despised. As an adult, I had heard fava beans were a pain in the... neck... to peel. Based on these two important pieces of evidence, I avoided them for 25 years. Until we went to dinner last summer at Grain & Gristle and I was feeling bold and brave (probably after a glass of wine) and I ordered Grilled Fava Beans. After sucking down two plates, let's just say I'm a convert.
I still have not personally experienced peeling uncooked fava beans but I can attest that grilled fava beans are cake to peel. They sort of pop open like edamame! Grilled Fava Beans have become one of my favorite low-key summer sides. I like to make it with salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. If you have another combination you like, please let me know!
One year ago: Campfire Breakfast Burritos
Three years ago: Hamachi Shots
Four years ago: White Peach Sangria, Auntie Ellyn and Uncle Todd's Chopped Salad, Strawberry Nutella Sandwich