Fava Bean Crostini Appetizer

This recipe originally comes from Jamie Oliver, from his book “Jamie’s Italy“. We recently bought it and very quickly fell in love with his down-to-earth simple taste foods. Absolutely gorgeous. This is how we made our fava bean crostini, which turned out beautifully. In the background, you’ll notice some other crostinis which were also inspired by Jamie and which we will write about in future posts.

Fava Bean Appetizer
Fava Bean Appetizer
Grinding fava beans to paste in stone mortar
Grinding fava beans to paste in stone mortar

Recipe for Fava Bean Crostini Appetizer

  • 4-6 slices of baguette.
  • 15-20 Fava beans
  • 5 leaves of fresh mint
  • 10 leaves of parsley
  • 1 1/2 tbs grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • pinch of pepper to taste

Smash the fava beans in a mortar until they become a rough ‘mush.’  Cut the parsley and mint finely, and add that as well as the olive oil and lemon juice to the mortar, stirring a bit until it’s all well mixed in. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Rub the baguette slices in a little olive oil, and toast them until they become golden brown.

Spread the fava bean paste on top, and you got  a wonderful summer appetizer.

Note: We’ve been asked where we got our mortar from and the answer is easy, right here: Vasconia 4-Cup Granite Molcajete

Fava bean paste closeup
Fava bean paste closeup, what it should look like before adding olive oil and lemon juice.
Fava Bean Appetizer
Fava Bean Appetizer
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3 thoughts on “Fava Bean Crostini Appetizer”

  1. Do you mean 15-20 double-shucked individual fava beans? Or 15-20 pods? Just clarifying what prep you did to the favas before mashing…

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  2. It was 15-20 pods. Shucking those pods was very laborious, but it was definitely worth it.

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