Fava Bean, Garlic, and Herb Crostini

Ideal for parties or as an appetizer with drinks

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Fava Bean, Garlic, and Herb Crostini

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    Ingredients

    12 baguette slices 1 small shallot
    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove
    salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 sprigs tarragon, leaves only
    1 cup fava beans, shelled

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Brush both sides of each slice of baguette with 2 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

    • 2

      Meanwhile, cook the fava beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Reserve a few beans for garnish. Puree the remaining beans in a food processor with the shallot, garlic, the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, and the tarragon leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    • 3

      Just before serving, spread the fava bean paste onto the prepared crostini. Garnish with the reserved beans and a sprinkling of black pepper.

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