Fava Beans and Pecorino

Fava Beans and Pecorino
John von Pamer

Ingredients

  • fat clove garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  kosher salt, plus large pinch
  • 1 Cup  peeled fava beans
  • 12  mint leaves, torn
  • 4 Teaspoons  coarsely grated Pecorino Romano
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  •   Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  lemon juice
  •   Eight 1/2-inch-thick slices Italian long bread

This is our take on the classic Ligurian salsa maro, which is made of crushed fava beans, mint, pecorino, a little bit of garlic, and a squeeze of lemon to brighten the whole thing up. A mortar and pestle works beautifully here — you get a nice variation of texture, with some bigger pieces and smaller bits as well. If you just dump everything in a food processor and pulse it, you'll wind up with a more uniform consistency, which isn't quite as interesting to eat (see note below).

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Directions

In a mortar, combine the garlic and pinch of salt and pound together briefly with the pestle to break up the garlic. Add the fava beans and mint and pound until the mixture has a spreadable consistency. Stir in the Pecorino Romano and olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper, to taste, and the lemon juice.

Preheat the broiler. Drizzle 1 side of the bread slices with olive oil. Toast, oiled side up, until golden and crisp, 1-2 minutes. Spread the hot toasts with the fava mixture. Drizzle with more olive oil and serve.

Notes

Note: If you want to use the food processor for this, go ahead, but be careful and pulse the favas to get different-sized pieces.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

269 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

13%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 11g 17%
  • Carbs 34g 11%
  • Saturated 2g 11%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Cholesterol 3mg 1%
  • Sodium 488mg 20%
  • Calcium 121mg 12%
  • Magnesium 38mg 10%
  • Potassium 215mg 6%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 150mg 21%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 15%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 20%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 5%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 96µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 21µg 26%
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