Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sizzling Halloumi Cheese with Fava Beans and Mint

Another fun fava bean recipe from

1 1/4 pounds fresh fava beans, shelled
1 1/4 cup fresh peas, shelled
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh mint plus several sprigs for garnish
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
3 8 1/2 oz Halloumi Cheese, each cut lengthwise into 7 pieces, rinsed and patted dry
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
6 pepperoncini
1 lemon, cut into six wedges

Blanch fava beans in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Transfer to ice water. Peel fava beans. Blanch peas in boiling water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer peas into ice water; cool. Drain peas.

Place fava beans, peas, 2tbsp mint, olive oil and lemon peel in large skillet. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Divide mixture onto 6 serving plates.

Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add cheese slices and fry until golden, about 1 minute on each side. Arrange 3 slices atop vegetables on each plate. Drizzle with lemon juice, top with pepperoncini and garnish with mint sprigs and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.

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