Truffled Bean Spread

Truffled Bean Spread

Sometimes called “butter beans” because of their starchy yet buttery texture, lima beans have a delicate flavor that complements a wide variety of dishes. Although fresh lima beans are often difficult to find, they are worth looking for in the summer and fall when they are in season. Dried and canned lima beans are available throughout the year.

The pod of the lima bean is flat, oblong and slightly curved, averaging about three inches in length. Within the pod are the two to four flat kidney-shaped seeds that we call lima beans. The seeds are generally cream or green in color, although certain varieties feature colors such as white, red, purple, brown or black.

Ingredients

  • 400g of Lima beans (soaked overnight in water) or 2 cans of lima beans
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 table spoons of Crème fraîche, mascarpone, or similar
  • 3 table spoons of grated parmesan
  • 100ml milk
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • A dash of truffle oil (optional)

Preparation

  • Soak beans over night in water
  • Cook beans until tender
  • Fry garlic in olive oil to until soft
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend
  • Taste and season accordingly
  • Serve on toasted chiabatta bread, chips or vegetables

Presentation

  • Arrange in bowl and garnish with chopped spring onions

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