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Broad Beans – Made Simple

Buttered broad beans with bacon as a side dish or on a toasted slice of ciabatta certainly gets me excited for early Summer. Accompanied by a glass of homemade broad bean wine too of course. Yes, you can make wine from beans if you didn’t know, it’s lethal but pretty damn tasty!

I will share one my favourite recipes but first, here is how to grow these creamy podded delights.

There is many varieties to choose from and all very easy to grow, such as Aquadulce Claudia, Crimson flowered and Sutton Dwarf. This year, I am going for Super Aqualdulce from Groseeds, one the most hardiest varieties which can be sown in Autumn or early Spring.
As I said in my February To Do List blog, I will be starting one row in pots indoors and direct sowing another row to compare the difference. Plus I’m not sure I have enough windowsill space for anymore once March arrives.

Indoor Module Sowing

Direct Sowing

  1. Drop the beans into a pan of well-salted boiling water and cook for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, nick the skin of each one with your fingernail and pop out the bright green beans.
  2. Cut the bacon rashers crossways into thin strips (about 2cm). Heat the 1 tsp of oil in a large frying pan, add the bacon and stir-fry over a high heat for about 3 minutes until crisp and golden. Tip onto a plate lined with kitchen paper and set aside.
  3. Add the 3 tbsp oil and the garlic to the pan and put over a medium heat. As soon as the garlic is sizzling (but not browned), turn down the heat, add the shallots, then soften for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the beans. Stir for 2 minutes until warmed through.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, most of the crisp bacon, the parsley or mint and some seasoning to taste.
  5. Spoon onto a serving plate, drizzle over a little more oil, then scatter over the remaining crisp bacon and a few sea salt flakes and serve.

    Taken from delicious. magazine.

    What’s your favourite broad bean recipe? Comment below and share yours!


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