3 pounds fresh fava beans, shelled (about 3 cups shelled if small, or 1 3/4 cups if need to peel outer shell)
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 to 1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese
Grinding of black pepper
12 small slices of bread, toasted
Boil until the outer skin of the bean easily slips off, and the beans are soft enough to be mashed between the fingers. Fava beans are also available frozen.
In a food processor, grind the fava beans to a pulp with the garlic cloves. Slowly pour enough olive oil through the feed tube with the motor running until a smooth but not too runny paste forms. The fava beans should have the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the cheese. Spread a small amount on the bread slices and drizzle each one with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Extra paste can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve the toasts immediately.
Did you know that fava beans love to grow in cool weather and will germinate in soil as cold as 40 degrees?
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