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Broad Beans: 3 ways

3 more ways with broad beans

1. Sauteed baby beans

Cook some chopped garlic and spring onion in oil over a low heat with a few handfuls of baby broad beans for a few minutes. Add a splash of water, salt pepper and fresh thyme, and continue cooking slowly until the water has almost evaporated. Serve with barbecued lamb.


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2. Quick braised beans

Melt a sliced onion in olive oil over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Blanch a kilo of broad beans and 250 g of peas, then drain and add to the onion. Stir through a handful of chopped mint and serve with roast chicken.


3. Broad bean dip

Double peel a kilo of broad beans, and put them in a food processor with a garlic clove, a few leaves of fresh mint, and 100g grated parmesan. Whizz, then add about half a cup of extra virgin olive oil to create a paste. Season with salt to taste, and serve on bruschetta.


Text: Robin Powell 

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Author: Robin Powell