Fava, Olive and Anchovy Bruschetta for Donna Hay Day

Not only am I late in getting this post done… it’s also incomplete. Bron Marshall is hosting Hay, Hay it’s Donna Hay Day…, where the challenge was to create two different bruschetta recipes and get them posted by the weekend. Well, it’s now Monday, and I’ve only got the one recipe… and rather than risk being even later, I’ll go ahead and post this little creation, inspired by the big bag of fava beans in last week’s CSA basket. To round out the butteriness of the beans, I wanted to add some zip… and Greek Olives and Anchovy seemed like an interesting choice. Simple and delicious, and I think quite worthy of the Donna Hay banner.

Fava, Olive and Anchovy Bruschetta
3 parts fava beans
2 part green olives, pitted
1 part white anchovies
Baguette slices, cut on the bias
Olive oil

To prepare the fava beans, boil in salted water for about 5 minutes, and drain and immediately blanch in ice water. Set stand for a couple of minutes, and then remove meat from the tough outer skin by gently squeezing. (If you are using frozen fava beans, you can skip this step.)

Coursely chop the favas, olives and anchovies, and mix together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or as long as overnight) to let the flavors mix.

Preheat oven to 350F. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil until glistening. Place on a baking sheet, and toast until golden brown, brushing with more olive oil if the bread starts looking to dry.

Once the bread is toasted, top with the fava mixture.

Serve immediately.

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  • http://bronmarshall.com Bron

    That is Stunning! Such a gorgeous combination of flavours too. Thanks so much for entering!
    I’ll have the roundup posted shortly.

  • http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog/ Bea at La Tartine Gourmande

    Oh anchovies. What a great idea! Very cheerful and summery. I love your second pic in particular, with this orange showing. And I love the plates! Great composition.

  • http://essences.efx2.com ces

    that must be good! and with anchovies! yumm!
    love your plates!!!!!this is the color of my kitchen!!!!where can i get these?

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Thanks Bron & Bea

    ces – Thanks! I got these plates just about a week ago from CB2 (http://www.cb2.com/)… they were a bargain, and I could’t resist. In fact, they have a lot of little plates for $2 or less…

  • http://lobstersquad.blogspot.com lobstersquad

    I love that. Much more colour than Donna, good!

  • http://web.mac.com/tannajones Tanna

    Fava, olive and anchovy: that’s a winner. Ooooh, the crunch, the salt, the smooth.
    Beautiful pics!

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    You inspired me to go buy colored plates. Oh sure my husband thinks I am insane to buy plates just for my food blog, but it looks so good in your photos.

  • http://nookbistro.blogspot.com shaz

    yum.

  • http://essences.efx2.com ces

    thanks Lara! i’m off to the website now…and congratualtions for placing 4th! in that food photo contest!!!

  • http://maegabriel.com/riceandnoodles Mae

    I also love the plates, the colours and composition. Oh, and anchovies! Love anchovies :)

  • http://brandoesq.blogspot.com J

    hi l, beautiful petrina tinslay-worthy picture…and congratulations on the dmblgit win! beyond deserving ;)

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ barbara

    Wonderful food and photos Lara. Thanks for participating.

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Thanks all! There were definitely some delicious looking entries over on Bron’s!

  • Your daughter

    yay new plates!!!
    i remember when these came in the mail….
    good pics mom!!
    keep up the good work.
    -Cole

  • ChovyChap

    Yes fava beans, olives and anchovies is not something I would have come up with in a hurry. Although you were only using some ingredients you had on hand. I’ve eaten lots of stuff with anchovies except favas I think so I am eager to give your recipe a go. Brilliant inspiration!