Panini Girl

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March 20, 2014


It’s Finally Spring!


You know that spring has arrived when you see fresh fava beans at the farmers’ market. Yes, they do involve a bit of work, but the flavor of the freshly shelled beans will more than make up for your efforts.

I was looking for a simple appetizer and decided to make crostini with fava bean puree topped with a little shard of parmigiano. I blitzed the barely cooked favas with a hand blender, added a bit of cream and finished with salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread on crostini, shave a little parm over top and that’s it. Open a bottle of presecco and you’re done!


12 thoughts on “It’s Finally Spring!

  1. Your fava bean crostini certainly say spring. I know I would enjoy a couple with a chilled glass of presecco just as you suggested.

  2. Simple and healthy. Sounds perfect and yummy

  3. I do something similar, but instead of cream I use olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. I love fava beans and they are in the markets here too.

  4. What delightful crostini! You know it is Spring when the fave are in!

  5. I remember the first time we had fresh fava beans was in Lucca at Gli Orti di Via Elisa…they were served with fresh chunks of pecorino…totally tasted like Spring…wish we were all there now to enjoy it again!

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