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Smashed peas and favas w/ basil, green onions, parmesan, reduced balsamic

  • Author: carmeninthegarden


  • baguette
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup peas, shelled & blanched
  • 1 cup fava beans, shelled & blanched
  • handful of basil, chiffonade
  • two green onions finely sliced
  • balsamic vinegar
  • block of parmesan 


  1. Cut baguette in to 1-1/2 inch slices. Lightly brush olive oil on to slices. Toast in toaster oven to desired crispness. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan reduce balsamic vinegar on low heat. Start with about a 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and let it reach a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  3. With a mortar and pestle, lightly smash together: peas, fava beans, basil, green onions, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You still want the peas and favas to somewhat maintain their shape. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Arrange toasts on a plate. Using a small spoon, serve pea and fava mash on toast. 
  5. Using a potato peeler, shave parmesan on to toasts. 
  6. With a small spoon, lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar reduction on top of toasts. 
  7. Enjoy!