Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Fava Bean Stew with Bulgur
I bought some frozen fava beans a while ago, just because I hadn't seen them before, and I had nothing to do with them. They have been taking up space in my freezer for months. I am going down the list looking for recipes to make with the ingredients I have in my freezer, and I found a recipe for Fava Bean Stew with Bulgur from the NY Times Recipes for Health section. Bulgur is one of those grains that I have on hand in my refrigerator and never used, so I decided to make the stew this past week.
It was pretty good. The flavors were very delicious - the cinnamon and the heat from the cayenne went really well with everything else. It was great over the bulgur, which was extremely easy to make. It reminded me just a bit of steel cut oats, so maybe I'll try it as a breakfast grain. One thing I'm now thinking I did wrong was regarding the frozen favas. Based on pictures from a quick internet search, I'm not sure the kind I bought were skinned. They were not inedible by any means, but I think it would have come out better had I thought of this before. The bag was a little more than a pound, so I'll have to try peeling them for whatever I do with the rest of the beans.