Crostini with Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta - perfect little party nibbles or a tasty lunchtime snack! Nutrient packed fava beans combine with creamy ricotta and fresh mint | thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 30.12.2017

Crostini With Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta

prep: 20 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 50 mins / quantity: 20 crostini Print recipe?

I don’t know how much toast I’ve eaten in my life.  I’m guessing it’s a lot.  But I never get bored of it.  EVER.  And crostini is basically just posh toast.  Posh BAKED toast.  You can use any ‘ole baguette shaped bread as your crostini base but I used this Rye Bread recipe and instead of making two large loaves, just shaped them into baguettes and baked in exactly the same way.

Crostini with Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta - perfect little party nibbles or a tasty lunchtime snack! Nutrient packed fava beans combine with creamy ricotta and fresh mint | thecookandhim.com

Why baguette?  Because you want bite sized pieces.  Well maybe 2 bites.  Shall we call them nibble sized instead?

The nutrition rich Fava Beans from Hodmedods combine perfectly with creamy ricotta and fresh sparkly mint.  The mint’s not actually sparkly but it gives the whole creamy caboodle a delightfully fresh – some might say sparkly – flavour.  And the lemon zest, not too much, brings everything together with a real zing!

Crostini with Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta - perfect little party nibbles or a tasty lunchtime snack! Nutrient packed fava beans combine with creamy ricotta and fresh mint | thecookandhim.com

Did you know just how great for you fava beans are?  They have NO saturated fat or cholesterol making them a great source of ‘lean’ protein. They’re also high in fibre and iron, helping to refuel those much needed energy resources.

These tasty little nibbles would be great for some kind of gathering – so easy to prepare the components in advance then become all Nigella as you waft round the room with a tray of these ‘practically seconds to throw together’!

And if you needed any other reason to make these, well just the fava bean packet alone would be enough for me!

Crostini with Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta - perfect little party nibbles or a tasty lunchtime snack! Nutrient packed fava beans combine with creamy ricotta and fresh mint | thecookandhim.com

Speaking of gatherings, how are you celebrating New Year this year?  Different to last year?  For the last 10+ years ours have largely involved binge watching a boxed set of something while trying to stay awake till midnight when the fireworks make Meg think the world is about to end and we have to try and console a poor terrified little dog.  There’s some Jools Holland Hootenanny for the countdown and watching slightly sozzled celebs trying to remember the words and dance at the same time before the end of the world fireworks actually end and somewhere round 2 am we stagger to bed!

Crostini with Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta - perfect little party nibbles or a tasty lunchtime snack! Nutrient packed fava beans combine with creamy ricotta and fresh mint | thecookandhim.com

Crostini With Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta

prep: 20 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 50 mins / quantity: 20 crostini

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Hodmedod's Fava Beans
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 baguette
  • 125g ricotta
  • Few drizzles of olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Grated zest 1/2 lemon
  • 8 leaves fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper
  • 150g Edamame beans
  • Handful alfalfa sprouts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6
  2. Slice the baguette about 1cm thick, place flat on a baking tray in one layer, drizzle with a little olive oil over each slice then bake for 10-15 minutes.  Keep and eye on them, you want them just golden but not burnt!  Leave to cool completely
  3. Put the fava beans into a medium saucepan along with the vegetable stock, bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes until the beans are quite soft
  4. Drain the beans then rinse under cold water to halt any further cooking, then tip into a food processor along with the ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, the garlic and lemon zest
  5. Whizz until well combined and smooth then taste, add seasoning and pulse a couple more times to incorporate the salt and pepper
  6. When ready to serve, simply spread a heaped dollop of the fava bean mixture on top of each slice, sprinkle over a few edamame beans and some alfalfa sprouts and serve
  7. These can be prepared an hour or 2 in advance, any longer and the toast might go soggy!
Crostini With Fava Beans, Mint and Ricotta

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