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Everyday Cooking - Broad beans on toast

June 2012                                                                                                                              


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June 2012   


This is a must for those of you who grow your own broad beans. We saw the recipe on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage TV programme and have adapted it for ourselves. It makes a wonderful light lunch.


Ingredients (serves 4)

Roughly 750g freshly picked smallish broad beans
260g unsmoked back bacon
1 bunch of spring onions, chopped.
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper
Slices of bread or sourdough to toast.



  • Pod the beans.
  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the beans and cook until you see the skins just starting to split. This shouldn't take much more than 2 minutes in total.
  • Drain the beans.
  • Grill the bacon rashers until just starting to crisp, then allow to cool before cutting into bite sized pieces
  • Heat a frying pan with a dash of olive oil over a medium high heat. Add the spring onions - cook for a minute. At this point add the beans and bacon to the pan. Toss the pan to combine.
  • Season with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spoon the beans along with any juice or oil over the toast. Drizzle with a little more olive oil to serve.


  • Use bacon lardons or pancetta instead of back bacon
  • Use rapeseed oil instead of olive oil
  • Peel the skins off broad beans if you prefer, or if they are tough.
  • Use frozen baby broad beans
  • Try different types of toast.





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