Sauteed Fava Beans

You can always tell when spring has truly arrived at your local farmers market when the fava beans show up.  This is a simiple sauteed fava bean recipe that showcases what fava beans have to offer.  Don't worry about the long directions, they are really simple.

1.5-2 cups shelled fava beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper

1. Shell the fava beans, try breaking off the end that was attached to the stalk and removing the strip along the seam.
2. Bring water to a boil in a large sauce pan, add enough salt to make it taste fairly salty.
3. In a separate bowl, fill with cold tap water and 5-10 ice cubes, save this for later.
4. Place the shelled beans in the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes.
5. Strain beans from boiling water and immediately plunge them into the bowl with ice cold water to stop the cooking process.
6. After the beans have cooled, remove the opaque outer skin to reveal the bright green beans.
7. Melt butter in a skilled over medium heat.
8.  Add olive oil and garlic, saute for about a minute.
9. Add the fava beans and saute for 5-7 minutes. 
10. Serve with fresh ground pepper and enjoy!

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