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This bruschetta is good to make early in the broad bean season, while they're still small and tender and really to be savoured. Double-podding the beans is worth it in this recipe; put on a good tune, find a companion or pod in contemplative silence. You could also spread the toast with a little ricotta before piling on the broad beans.

Ingredients

  • 300g broad beans, podded weight
  • 1 tbsp Pecorino or Parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve
  • Small bunch mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for drizzling
  • A few slivers of wet garlic (optional)
  • 4 slices sourdough, ciabatta or baguette
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. In a large pan of boiling salted water, cook the beans for about 3-4 minutes, until just tender.
  2. Drain and refresh in a bowl of cold water. Peel off the outer skins and discard. Put the beans in a bowl and crush lightly with a fork. Add the grated cheese, mint and olive oil. Season to taste.
  3. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with a few slivers of wet garlic stalk. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and grill for a few minutes.
  4. Top with the broad bean mixture, drizzle over a little more oil and a sprinkling of extra grated cheese.
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