Sunday 15 July 2012

Broad Beans with Bacon

One of my favourite flavour combinations is Broad Beans with bacon. With this in mind, and since I have lots of home-grown beans available at present, I made that combination a major component of a meal I cooked for us a few days ago.

This is the yield from about 500g of Broad Bean pods - enough for a two-person serving:

I pre-cooked the beans in boiling salted water - it only takes 3 or 4 minutes - drained them, and set them aside. Meanwhile I cooked some bacon lardons in a frying pan until they went slightly crispy and were oozing fat. Then into the frying-pan went the cooked beans. They don't need any further cooking, so you just need to give them long enough to warm through and allow them to absorb some of the lovely bacon flavour.

The new potatoes were so fresh that they still split a bit and shed their skins, even though I had halved them before cooking. It is really best to leave them a few days after harvesting before you cook them, to allow the skins to harden, but I think the flavour and texture is at its best if you eat them straight away, so I'm often not that patient.

This is my complete dish: grilled Pork chops, boiled new potatoes, Chantenay carrots (shop-bought unfortunately) with Parsley, and of course my Broad Beans with Bacon lardons, all served with an improvised sauce I made, using stock thickened with butter and cornflour and flavoured with Sherry.

This was the star of the show though:-

And the best thing is that there are loads more to come!

Nothing to do with Broad Beans, but I thought you would like this anyway.

Spotted a nice Bracket Fungus this morning...


  1. As you know Phil hates beans but I do wonder if he wouldn't like them this way. It looks wonderful to me. What a great meal!

  2. love the combination of recipes and gardening notes!

  3. Looks great, i searched yor blog earlier for a recipe you posted a couple of weeks back. Pork medallions with broad beans in a creamy sauce. It was yum!

  4. that looks great. I will have to try that once my beans are ready

  5. Looks delicious, makes me hungry.

  6. Looks delicious, I shall definitely try my broad beans this way.

  7. I make a pasta dish with broad beans (I do double pod mine), bacon and garlic - really good!

  8. That looked so good I have decided it is what we shall have for dinner tonight.

  9. You had me at bacon! Looks like a wonderful dinner.

  10. That sure looks good...and you're right I did like the Bracket Fungus or should that be Fungi?

    Hey...the sun is shining here and I'm beginning to think seeds ;D
    So make the most of it Mark, I think autumn is on its way to you because Spring is knocking at our door.
    Yeeha! Bring it on.....

  11. now you're talking!... just got back from Spain and picked about 30 perfect Broad Bean pods... and now I know what's going to happen to them!... Courgettes and Marrow are coming along perfectly too... cannot wait!


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