Regional specialties from Thuringia

Erfurt broad bean salad

The Erfurt broad bean has also been known as the broad bean since the Middle Ages. The horticultural city of Erfurt in Thuringia had particularly good conditions for growing this bean. The high protein and starch content and size made it a particularly nutritious poor man’s meal. The beans were cooked before further processing and puffed in the process.

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The inhabitants held the ‘Puffbohne’ in such high esteem that at some point all native Erfurt residents were given the name ‘Erfurter Puffbohne’. And that’s not an insult.

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Alternatively, you can also use ready-made broad beans in a jar or frozen for the recipe.

Various dishes are cooked from the beans. Well known and popular are broad bean salads, broad bean soups or broad beans as side dishes to main courses. Whoever visits this city will also find this speciality in various restaurants.

Salad of Erfurt puffed bean on a plate with egg

Recipe Erfurt broad bean salad

A high-protein dish from Thuringia.
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Course: salad
Cuisine: Thuringia
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Experienced
Resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 500 g broad bean seeds
  • 200 g finely diced onions
  • oil, vinegar
  • salt, pepper, sugar
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 boiled egg

Preparation

Beans

  • Boil the beans once in plenty of salted water. Drain the water and prepare new water. Cook the beans in it until they are soft.
  • Rinse beans with cold water and drain.

Marinade

  • Mix the oil, salt, vinegar, pepper and sugar to make a marinade.
  • Pour the marinade over the cooled puffed beans and chill the salad for 2 hours.

Tips & Hints

Serve with chopped parsley and the chopped egg. Strips of aspic sausage are also commonly folded in.
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