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Steak and Scaffata

Originally uploaded by ted_major

Tuscaloosa has a wonderful new local and organic framer’s market, and I picked up some organic fava beans from Snow’s Bend Farm, as well as some fresh English peas. Never having cooked fava beans before, I turned to epicurious, where I found a wonderful recipe for braised spring legumes that goes wonderfully with grilled steak.

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 scallions, white and tender parts sliced
  • 1 small sweet sping onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds fresh peas in the pod, shelled
  • 2 pounds fresh fava beans in the pod, shelled
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 cups thinly shredded romaine leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded fresh mint leaves
  • 2 New York strip steaks, approximately 1/2 lb. each.

Salt each side of the steaks with coarse salt and set aside at room temperature while you prepare the peas and beans. Preheat the grill.

In a heavy dutch oven with a tight lid, sautee the scallions and onions in olive oil until soft, about 4 minutes. Add peas, beans, zucchini, and red pepper, and reduce heat to low. Stir, cover, and cook about 15 minutes.

Add romaine and mint, stir, and cover, Cook an additional 30 or 40 minutes until the beans are cooked but not mushy.

While the peas & beans finish cooking, grill the steaks over high heat, until done to your liking. Tent with foil, let rest about 10 mins, and then slice diagonally. Each steak should serve 2 people–dinner for 4 or dinner and lunch the next day for 2.