Spring Pea Bruschetta
This sprightly flavored snack, hors d’ oeuvre or light meal is a delicious springtime treat. Fresh peas and Fava beans with mint are sweet. Paired with ricotta cheese and mint on grilled bread and you have got yourself a slice of heaven. Easy to make and can be served warm or at room temperature, the Bruschetta is gorgeous and just screams SPRING!
2 cups fresh or frozen petit English peas, shelled and cooked
1 cup fresh fava beans, peeled and cooked
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality
1/4 cup chopped mint
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
4 thick slices of focaccia
suggested garnishes: shaved parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil and fresh mint
1. Place the peas and fava beans in a medium mixing bowl and toss with2 tablespoons extra virgin olive and mint. Add the cheeses and stir together until combined. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper.
2. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat or pre-heat a grill to medium high. Brush the focaccia with the remaining olive oil and grill the bread until it warm, soft and lightly toasted (about 3 minutes per side).
3. Smear the pea mixture on the warm bread and drizzle with olive oil and shaved parmesan.