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Being someone who is more attracted to meat than healthy stuff, I have never purposely eaten fava beans. When I say purposely I mean that I have probably had them before at some place where they shoved them into a pasta or something, but I have never gone out of my way to purchase them and prepare them. Mostly because to me they look like giant green beans, and green beans are just not that great. So I just assumed fava beans would be not that great either. I was wrong. My first experience tasting a fava bean was much like this (one of my all time favorite scenes in Friend BTW). At first peeling the fava beans is kind of cool kind of gross. I really couldn’t decide which one it was more. The little beans to me look like spider fetus sacks or something. This is probably a personal reaction and no one else will probably feel that same way. Anyway, once you put it in your mouth its surprising because it is actually a lot sweeter and smoother than other beans. The flavor is kind of rich and refreshing. So this Favetta Crostinis topped with Smoky Sauteed Shrimp we have going on is my new favorite snack / appetizer. The colors are so pretty together right!?! The green of the fava and the pink of the shrimp. I think it’s so pretty. I hope you all will give this a chance!
♥ Teri

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Favetta Crostinis topped with Smoky Sautéed Shrimp
Serves 5 to 7

1 lb. fava beans (in pods)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
3 tablespoons shelled pistachios, toasted and lightly crushed
¼-1/3cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
zest of 1 lemon
smoky-sautéed shrimp:
1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned with tails intact
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1 sourdough baguette, thinly sliced and grilled

1. Preheat grill to 350°. (if using grill pan, preheat over medium-high heat)
2. Place fava pods onto heated grill or grill pan and char, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
3. Allow pods to cool then peel to remove the beans. (rinse beans if needed)
4. Place beans, garlic and pistachios into a food processor and pulse 4 to 5 times before turning on completely. With the motor running, slowing drizzle oil into the pureed mixture. Once desired consistency has been reached fold in parmesan and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Set aside until ready to use.
5. For shrimp: Place shrimp in a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss together until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper. Heat grill back to medium-high and sauté shrimp on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
6. To assemble: Top each piece of crostini with some favetta spread and finish with a shrimp. Enjoy!

  1. Belinda @themoonblushbaker Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the use of fava in place of more traditional beans. I have never tired fava before because fresh ones are so hard to find. Could I use frozen ones here? haha I love that Episode of friends but the cheesecake one is still my favourite.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes, you can totally use frozen. Just thaw them out and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. (assuming the frozen ones are out of the pods) Good luck!

  2. Elyse Not Specified Not Specified

    Your pictures make me hungry!

  3. Mary Not Specified Not Specified

    Perfect timing… I try to pick up new vegetables at the produce market that I have never worked with before. A few weeks ago I picked up these scary vegetables and never ended up using them (partly because I didn’t do any research and also because I didn’t know what to do with them).

    Thanks for the great post, I’ll definitely pick these guys up the next time I see them at the market.

  4. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    Pretty pretty! These crostinis are gorgeous!

  5. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons Not Specified Not Specified

    That looks so delicious and pretty simple!

    xo Lisa

    Making Life’s Lemons

  6. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons Not Specified Not Specified

    That looks so delicious and pretty simple!

    xo Lisa

    Making Life’s Lemons

  7. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    Spider fetus sacks! HA! Well, now I’m not so sure I want to go get some fava beans… :) But crunchy bread with super-green bean puree and sweet shrimp sound terrific!

  8. Cate @ Chez CateyLou Not Specified Not Specified

    These look incredible! The pink and green are such a pretty combo, and I bet the flavor is amazing! I’ve never cooked with fava beans before, I’ll have to try them out!

  9. tara Not Specified Not Specified

    Totally need to try this.

  10. Isabel Not Specified Not Specified

    mm that looks delicious and I think I could actually manage to make them even though my cooking’s not quite up to scratch!

  11. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    I love fresh fava beans. I haven’t tried grilling them, but now I want to.

  12. Alex and Colleen Not Specified Not Specified

    Green beans are totally not gross! I thought so for years too, but fry them up in olive oil until their crisp (and a little bit black) and cover those suckers in salt and pepper. Delicious. In fairness, almost anything fried and then covered in salt and pepper might be delicious.

  13. Donna Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, these look fantastic. Definitely need to try them.

  14. Kankana Not Specified Not Specified

    never grilled fava beans before but this sounds very promising!

  15. amy @southern sweets and eats Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks scrumptious! I have peas growing in the garden. I am totally testing this out once my fresh peas are ready!

  16. Tahny Not Specified Not Specified

    This recipe rocks! I wish I had about 6 of these in front of my face right now!

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  18. Irina @ wandercrush Not Specified Not Specified

    Those charred favas are possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen today.

  19. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    I want to have a cocktail party now just so I can serve these! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Beautiful photos, too!

  20. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never tried fava beans! I want to now! This is so beautiful!

  21. Annie @ ciaochowbambina Not Specified Not Specified

    I love just about anything atop a crostini and I am certain I will love this! Thank you!

  22. Jim Not Specified Not Specified

    Our introduction to Fava beans was from Melissa Nyffler, a Seatttle chef friend. We also were a little unsure of the beans coming out of their “sleeping bags”. After the first taste on crostini we were hooked. As soon as they ripen in Alaska, a looooong month away we will be trying them with local spot shrimp on top! Thanks for the idea and great pictures!

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