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Broadbean and Bacon Bruschetta


  • Sourdough bread, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 600 gm broad beans, already podded
  • 2 rashers bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Handful of flatleaf parsley
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 200 gm fresh ricotta
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 200°C Fanned grill.
  • To double-peel the broad beans, place them into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water from a kettle, allow to sit for 10 minutes then drain. Make a tiny slit in the outer skin of each broad bean and gently squeeze to pop out the inner bean. Discard the skins and set broad beans aside.
  • Lay the bread slices on a baking sheet and place on the top shelf (the oven door remains closed when using this function) for 3-4 minutes until golden, turn over and cook again to brown the other side; transfer to your serving plate.
  • Pour half the olive oil into a fry pan over medium heat, add the bacon and cook for 5-7 minutes until the it begins to crisp, then add the rest of the olive oil, garlic and peeled broad beans and cook for a further 3 or 4 minutes to warm the beans through. Add the parsley and lemon juice and season well with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta and parmesan cheese and season with pepper then spread a generous layer onto each slice of bread, then serve topped with a mound of broad beans, and if you like, a poached egg on top.


Recipe, Food Styling and Photography by Karen McFarlane, foodlove.com.au