recipe: Sauteed fresh garbanzo beans are tender and addictive
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
I admit that I had only previously eaten dried garbanzo beans which have been reconstituted, canned beans, and shmushed beans that have been pureed into hummus. I had never tried — or seen — fresh ones before. There's always some new food adventure to enjoy, isn't there?
The garbanzo beans came with a simple recipe sheet: heat oil, add beans (still in their pods), saute for 1 minute, sprinkle on some salt, eat heartily.
I tried this, but found that the beans were still too crunchy and raw; so I tossed them back into the pan for about 5 minutes, scorching the pods a bit. Then the beans become a consummate finger food: pop open the pods, pop out the garbanzo beans, pop them into your mouth ... and find that with a bit of oiliness and a bit of saltiness, these tender little tidbits are as addictive as popcorn.
Mary Bilyeu | AnnArbor.com contributor
Sautéed Fresh Garbanzo Beans
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh garbanzo beans in their pods
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pods and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Sprinkle on salt then place into a serving bowl.
Pop open the pods and enjoy the beans!
Serves 2 for a snack.
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