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Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini

Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini is a simple elegant appetizer that is creamy and delicious.

Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini is a simple elegant appetizer that is creamy and delicious | ahealthylifeforme.com

What is a Fava Bean anyway?  If all you know about them is that Hannibal Lector favored them with a nice Chianti, you are missing out!

They look like Lima Beans to me, but they are not.   For the longest time, I thought fava beans were the same thing as lima beans. I know. Silly me. Those chalky excuses for vegetables my mother force fed me growing up are nothing like fava beans, at least as far as taste goes.

I really fell in love with Fava Beans at a little Italian restaurant here in Cincinnati, that served them on a toasted bread.  The flavor was so fresh and delicious I couldn’t wait to get home and try to recreate.

I decided to puree the fava bean mix in a food processor which allowed me to easily spread on a nice slice of crusty bread.  Give the recipe a try to serve the next time you have guests or if you are in charge of bringing the appetizer, it will be a huge hit.

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Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini is a simple elegant appetizer that is creamy and delicious | ahealthylifeforme.com

Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini is a simple elegant appetizer that is creamy and delicious | ahealthylifeforme.com

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Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini is a simple elegant appetizer that is creamy and delicious | ahealthylifeforme.com

Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time16 mins
Servings: 32

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fava Beans thawed if using frozen {you can use lima beans or edamame as a substitute}
  • 1/2 cup cubed Manchego Cheese
  • 1 large cloves of garlic sliced
  • Zest of One Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried Italian Seasoning
  • Pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 loaf of sourdough or french bread sliced 1/2” thin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • On a baking sheet line bread in a single layer and bake until bread is starting to brown and becomes crunchy, about 6-8 minutes. If you are using the entire loaf you will need to use two baking sheets.
  • Meanwhile combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend to a paste
  • Remove bread from oven and spread each piece of bread with a heaping spoonful of manchego puree, spreading.
  • Grate extra manchego cheese over top {optional} and set back in oven to quickly warm and melt cheese, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve

Notes

Tip: Use frozen Fava Beans, fresh Fava Beans are extremelly hard to peel.

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4 comments on “Fava Bean and Manchego Crostini”

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    Karin/Southern Meadows

    This looks delicious! I came over via the PJ Gardener and love your blog. I am a kindred spirit with your philosophy of garden to table. I look forward to exploring your blog.

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