Habas Con Jamon (Broadbeans with Jamon)




Yield 4 servings



  1. First, prepare the fava beans. This does take a bit of time but it's very easy. Snap off the top end of the bean and gently peel off the seam (like peas). Then gently wiggle your fingers inside to open the pod. Pop out the beans and discard the shells to the compost.
  2. Now here's the time consuming part: the beans are tricky and have a second shell. You'll need to bring a large pot of water to a boil, dump the beans in, boil for about 30 - 45 seconds to loosen the second casing and then immediately drain and run cold water over the beans to stop the cooking process and maintain their brilliant green color. Now you can carefully make a tear in the outer coating near the "bum" of the bean (when you see them you'll know what I mean) and just gently pinch the bean out of it's casing. Tada! Bright green broad beans! Again, compost the shell.
  3. Now’s the easy part: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, Jamón and garlic. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until onion softens.
  4. Add the prepared broad beans and wine and cook over high heat until the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Add the stock, reduce heat to low-medium, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 10, or until the beans are tender, and most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with coarse sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  6. Serve hot and saddle up with some crusty bread to soak up the sauce.
  7. Enjoy!

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