Fava Bean Crostini with Pecorino
2 lbs fava beans in the pod
1 whole grain demi-batard or baguette, thinly sliced
1/4 cup plus 3 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, roasted in oil until soft & browned
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt & pepper to taste
1 small wedge pecorino romano, shaved with vegetable peeler
bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. remove beans from their pods and blanch for 2 minutes. drain and rinse with cold water until cool. slip them out of their pale green shell with your fingers and set aside. heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a medium saute pan and add fava beans. lightly saute for 6-8 minutes until tender. set aside to cool slightly.
preheat oven to 375 degrees F. spread crostini in a single layer on a sheet pan and brush with remaining 3 tbs olive oil. bake until lightly brown and crisp, 12-15 minutes.
transfer cooled beans and oil to a food processor and puree. add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and puree until smooth. spread about 1 tbs of fava puree on each crostini and top with a thin shaving of cheese. enjoy!