Small Fava beans olives
(serves 6)

1 pound (500 gr.) fresh shelled beans
2 spring onions
2 whole eggs
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons of grated Pecorino (or Parmesan) cheese
all purpose flour
1 bunch of thyme
1 bunch of mint
olive oil for frying

Shell the beans. Blanch in boiling water for a couple of minutes, then cool in cold water and peel them. Put the shelled beans again in boiling salted water for several minutes, until they are soft. Clean the spring onions and chop them. Put the beans and onions in the mixer and blend until you obtain a smooth puree. Season with salt and pepper and add the eggs one at a time. Add the finely chopped herbs, breadcrumbs and grated cheese and if necessary, a little bit of white flour to thicken the mixture. Shape into tiny meatballs (a little bit bigger than an olive), flour them and fry them shortly in a pan with hot plenty olive oil. Serve immediately.

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