> hey what's for dinner mom?: Just Another Meatless Monday #30 Bruschetta

9.26.2010

Just Another Meatless Monday #30 Bruschetta

Hey What's For Dinner


Bruschetta is a great catch all dinner for most any kind of vegetables you may need to use up and bread that may be a tad stale, my kind of dinner! Traditionally it was made with just bread, oil, garlic,  but you can top them with any languishing vegetables you find in the fridge. I'm thinking tomatoes, summer squash, eggplant, roasted vegetables and mushrooms. We feasted on a dinner consisting solely of bruschetta, green olives and tall glasses of water tonight.

This was also a night for fava beans to redeem themselves. I planted a LOT of fava beans this year and they were an incredibly abundant crop. Unfortunately we discovered we don't care for fava beans. Weird for us because we like almost all kinds of vegetables around this place. I kept trying them thinking we would come around to liking them and they kept disappointing us, they had a horrible metallic taste and even the chickens refused them. Then at school the other day I overheard the garden maven raving about them. I asked about how she prepared them and I got the lowdown from someone who knows how and what to do with them. So I followed her directions which were vague, a little of this and a bit of that but the end result was luscious fava bean bruschetta topping.

Favas take a bit of work but they are well worth the effort. First you need to peel the big outer pod off and collect all the little beans inside. Then boil some water with a dash of salt. Cook the peeled beans for about one minute, then drain and rinse in cool water. Peel them again by pulling off the skin around each little bean, it's light pale green and the bean inside is bright green. Once you have them all peeled they are ready to eat or be used in a recipe. Kids make fantastic little peelers here and enjoy the work too.

Bruschetta Bread
1 loaf rustic bread or other bread you may want to use
1-2 TBSP olive oil
1 garlic clove

slice bread into good hearty slices
heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a small skillet
quickly skim each piece in to the skillet and let it toast a bit, not to brown it or cook heavily just a quick sear
slice the garlic clove in half and rub on the toasted side of each piece of bread
set aside in a big pile while the rest of dinner or the toppings are prepared


Fava Bruschetta Topping
1/2 cup double peeled fava beans
1TBSP butter
dash of salt
in a small skillet (could use the same one the bread was seared in) mash the beans and butter together over medium heat
add salt and mash some more until the butter is melted and the beans are a heavenly dreamy spread
serve on the bruschetta bread or any bread you can round up

Tomato Bruschetta Topping
3 large fresh tomatoes
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 clove of garlic
salt to taste
1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped

roughly chop the tomatoes in to bite sized chunks
heat the olive oil in a 8 inch skillet
when hot stir in the tomatoes
cook and stir until the tomatoes juice up and then reduce down a bit
add the garlic, cooking and stirring for a few more minutes
taste for salt and adjust as needed pepper can be added too
add the chopped basil and set aside
serve on bruschetta bread or any bread you can round up


Serve the bread along side the toppings for a make your own bruschetta dinner like I did tonight or make them up and serve them as real appetizers. I also served small dishes of grated parmesan and toasted walnuts to go over the tops. These we are real hit with everyone in our family and we all loved the fava beans prepared this way too. Next year more fava beans for sure!

Did you try any new vegetarian dishes this week? Time to link up! Maybe you'll inspire someone who may be unsure about a vegetarian meal to try one out. And if you are lurking why not post your own recipe!?! If you are visiting from Rhoda's or Selena's blog welcome and I hope you link up too! I only ask that you grab the turkey button and pop it in your post so you are linked back to me.


Peace and Love--

10 comments :

  1. I love bruschetta and yours looks and sounds delicious. And thanks for the fava bean recipe particularly as I am not that keen on them either and never know quite what to do with them when they arrive in my organic vegetable box. Your bruschetta topping sounds really nice and a great way to use them! I've linked up a nice and spicy vegetable biryani recipe. Thanks for hosting.

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  2. Oh I love the fava topping...so in your face ;)

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  3. I love the fava topping too! I have to say that I am a purist of tomato bruschetta so I wont probably try to add tomato sauce to my bread, except to clean the plate after a good pasta dish! lol

    Great Meatless Monday so far! Thanks for hosting!

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  4. I hope you don't mind, I linked in 2 recipes today. I meant to do the bread and then did the salsa first without thinking.

    Love your topping for the bread!

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  5. Love all the bruschetta choices, they look awesome! Thanks for hosting. :)

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  6. I don't think I could handle the fava bean bruschetta topping but the tomato one looks great. Funny too since I love my beans but just not favas. Oh well. Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Hi Laura! sorry my link up is a bit tardy, but we had a HUGE family gathering this weekend, and I wanted to share with everyone how much fun I had and how food and love are so tied together! Have a great week! :) alex@amoderatelife

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  8. Bruschetta is just the bomb...it's hard to go wrong. Yours looks delish!

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  9. I love love love fava beans and so covet you having them! So sad you don't like them, though it's hard to imagine. How have you been cooking them (aside from this wonderful bruschetta??)

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  10. Delighted to participate in this roundup of meatless recipes! Thank you for the opportunity!

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