Friday, August 6, 2010

Fava Bean Pesto on Crostini with Mozzarella

I just love fava beans and pesto, so here is my version of fava bean pesto on crostini with mozzarella and arugula. The arugula and mint are from my garden. This is very easy to make, I love my pestel and mortar but you could use a food processor (try the pestel and mortar, you will love it). Taste as you go with salt and pepper. I used:
2 cups of cooked and shelled fava beans
1/2 cup of freshly grated romano cheese, you may need more, it's to your taste
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, you want the consistency to be smooth like a basil pesto
salt and pepper to taste
4 fresh mint leaves
1 garlic clove cut in half
french ficele bread, cut about 4 or however many you want and toast the bread and rub the garlic while it is hot
In you mortar put the fava beans and begin to mash the beans with the pestel, this takes a few minutes, it will begin to mash quickly, add some of the grated cheese and mix that in, then salt & pepper and some olive oil. Adjust to your taste, but be sure to make it so that it is smooth.
Toast the crostini and while hot rub the garlic over the bread
Take the crostini and place about a large teaspoon or more to cover the bread, break up the mozzarella and add that on top, and finish with a nice topping of arugula.
Remember that it's all about taste so taste as you go.....enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. that looks delicious! I hope I get another fava delivery this summer!