No livers to be found anywhere near these fava beans. Hannibal Lector’s iconic line in the movie Hannibal was definitely not want I was thinking when cooking up this batch of Fava Bean Patties.
As an alternative to the usual zucchini and sweet potato style patties, I thought I would utilise an ingredient that is often overlooked even though it packs a tasty punch. I’ve eaten fava beans in salads, pasta, in soup, as a dip or as an accompanying sauce with fish or chicken.
However, in this recipe the Fava Bean is the star ingredient, with its fresh and sweet tones bursting through each bite.
The fava bean is the star ingredient in these patties.
Ingredients 250g Fresh or Frozen Shelled Fava Beans (or Broad Beans)
2 Medium Sized Potatoes
1 Tablespoon Almond Meal
1 Tablespoon Quinoa Flour
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint
1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Fava Bean Dip Chickpea Pate Fresh Mint Leaves and Cooked Prawns to Garnish (Optional)
Peel and dice the potatoes and place them into boiling water to cook for approximately 10 minutes. Once cooked rinse and drain the potatoes and set aside to cool.
While the potatoes are cooking, shell the fava beans. I used frozen fava beans in this recipe, however you will still need to remove the opaque soft shell from the beans.
Use either fresh or frozen fava beans.
Combine the cooked potatoes, shelled fava beans, almond meal, Quinoa flour, fresh mint, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Combine all the ingredients - these patties are extremely quick and easy to make.
Using a stick blender, pulse the ingredients for a few seconds until the ingredients are mashed (don’t over do the pulsing as you don’t want to create a smooth puree). If you don’t own a stick blender, use a fork instead.
Pulse the ingredients with a stick blender to make a rustic looking mash.
Shape the fava and potato mash into small patties. Depending on the size of the patties you make, you should get about 5-6 patties from this mixture.
Heat a non-stick frying pan and lightly grease the pan with a spray of cooking oil.
Cook the patties for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.
Cook the Fava Bean Patties for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.