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Mashed Potatoes and Fava Beans

Fresh fava beans and buttermilk add texture as well as flavor these mashed potatoes.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1996

Ingredients

  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound unshelled fava beans (about 1 1/2 cups)

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a small stockpot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high, and gently boil until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain in a colander. Using a towel to hold the potatoes, peel while still hot. Pass them through a potato ricer or a food mill into the top of a double boiler or a large heatproof bowl. Meanwhile, fill a small stockpot or bottom of a double boiler about a quarter of the way, and bring to a simmer.

  2. To the riced potatoes add the buttermilk, butter, salt, and pepper; mix well to combine. Cover the bowl, and place over simmering water to keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, split fava-bean pods lengthwise with your fingers, and remove beans. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil, and add beans. Cook until beans are very tender, about 3 minutes; drain. Peel one end of each bean, squeeze gently to pop bean from skin; discard skins. Roughly mash half the beans, and stir into potatoes. Serve immediately garnished with the remaining whole fava beans.

Cook's Notes

Frozen lima beans can be substituted for fresh fava beans.

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