Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Smashed Fresh Favas

Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Smashed Fresh FavasRecipe
Photo: John Kernick
Try this unique bruschetta recipe with fava bean paste, mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.



Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes


1 pound (about 2 cups) fresh fava beans, shelled
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Salt and freshly ground pepper
16 grilled baguette slices
1/4 pound buffalo mozzarella, torn into thin strips
Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
2 tablespoons thinly sliced mint leaves


In a saucepan of boiling water, cook the fava beans until the skins start to loosen, 1 1/2 minutes. Drain and squeeze out the favas. Transfer the favas to a food processor and add the oil, lemon juice and zest and pulse to a coarse puree. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the fava-bean puree on the toasts and top with the mozzarella strips. Drizzle the toasts with the balsamic vinegar, scatter the mint on top and serve.