Fava Bean, Garlic, and Herb Crostini

Updated February 23, 2016

Ideal for parties or as an appetizer with drinks.

Makes12 crostini

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking Time - Text15



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze

Dietary Considerationegg-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturechewy, crisp, garlicky, herby

Type of Dishcanape/crostini


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


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.

Meanwhile, cook the fava beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Reserve a few beans for garnish. Purèe 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.

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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