Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gonzo for Fresh Garbanzos


"Try a fresh garbanzo bean! Garbanzos—right here!” called the woman at the Flora Bella Farm stand at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. She popped a green oval pod off the branch and showed customers how to break into it. Bright green, sweet and crunchy, the fresh bean bares little resemblance to the yellowy soft ones from a can.

J. snip, snip, snips

Fresh garbanzos come 1-2 per pod, and are usually sold in huge bunches, still on the stalk. For $5, we walked off with an enormous armload. With J's help, scissors made fast work of removing the pods from the stems. As you can see, we ended up with two huge bowlfuls--enough to freeze some, toss some in the fridge, and still eat a sizable portion that night.

J. is so helpful (because he's so damn hungry-shelling took awhile)!

Following the recommendation of the farm stand lady, we threw the garbanzos (with shell intact) on the grill, in a tinfoil packet with a liberal dose of salt, pepper and olive oil, for about 18 minutes. We let the packet cool and then popped the beans out of their shells.


We used the cooked beans in a grilled zucchini and tomato panzanella (basically, bread salad), enjoying the smoky grill flavor and the still present crunch.

You can also saute the buggers. Last night, after shelling, I added a large handful of beans to my pan full of cubed summer squash, potatos and fennel. After just 10 minutes over medium-high heat, they were good to go--similar in texture as when grilled, but without the smoky flavor. Next up I'm planning some "fresh" hummus....who knew?

10 comments:

BoLA said...

Whoa, looks like a lot of work! But the end result looks so worth it! Sounds delicious! Who knew that garbanzos could be good? ;)

Jill said...

Wow! Neat.

connie said...

i had no idea that they looked like that fresh! i learned something today

Jennifer Maiser said...

Awesome - glad you wrote this. I just bought some at the Hollywood FM yesterday, and they are sitting in the fridge. I am thinking of making a soup with them, but your idea of fresh hummus sounds great.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'd never seen the fresh garbonza. Thanks for the recipe tip.
Linny

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