Crushed Broad Bean Bruschetta

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a starter
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Spring and Summer Cooking with a Veg Box (Riverford Companions)

By Guy Watson

Published 2015

  • About

This makes a great sharing plate for a party or barbecue and the recipe can easily be scaled up to serve more. To get ahead, boil and mash the beans and keep in the/ridge, toast the bread just before your guests arrive then mix the cheese, mint, chilli and oil with the beans just before serving.


  • 600 g young broad beans in their pods
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp


Boil the beans in salted water for 3 minutes until tender, double-pod, then mash roughly with a fork. Finely zest the lemon, then squeeze the juice of one half into the beans. Stir in the olive oil, lemon zest, Parmesan, mint and chilli. Season with salt and pepper to taste (you may want a little more lemon juice too).

Toast, grill or griddle the bread, then rub with a cut clove of garl