Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Broad Beans and Goat's Cheese on Toast

Things on toast, no matter whether they are cheese, beans or mushrooms make a fantastic, easy and fast dinner. I think something on toast has a humble feel about it; it's simple and satisfying. However, humble doesn't have to be hum drum. I had a pile of broad beans and had bought some soft goat's cheese for another meal, but, after a hectic day I wanted something quick and filling: beans on toast. Well, sort of.
You will need (for two slices):
2 large handfuls of broad beans in the pod
2 spring onions
A few sprigs of basil
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Soft goat's cheese
2 slices of good quality white bread
Start by removing the beans from their pods. When you have a pile of pale green beans, put them into some lightly salted boiling water for around four minutes.
Drain the beans when cooked and then run them under cold water to stop them cooking. When they have cooled down, remove the grey skins from each bean. It sounds like effort but it's honestly just a quick insertion of a finger nail on one side and a gentle squeeze on the other. They just pop right out.
Finely chop the spring onions and roughly chop the basil. In a bowl mix together the beans, spring onions, basil, olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
Toast the bread and then spread the goat's cheese thickly onto each slice and top with the bean mixture.
It's a feast for the senses this one; beans on toast but not as you know it. Vibrant green beans atop cool white cheese on a perfectly browned piece of toast. The beans, basil and spring onions complement each other well and the creamy goat's cheese brings it all together perfectly. A different dinner that took less than half an hour to prepare; this one's a winner.

23 comments:

  1. Love broad beans. This is a great simple idea. Mind you, I only buy them when I have lots of time on my hands! : )

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  2. Why oh why have i never thought of this! This sounds awesome!

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  3. Its a brilliant idea, simple and with the ingredients I can find over here. Nice start up for the day and certainly the beans are a great add on.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting and delicious combination for toast!

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  5. Wow, this looks utterly delicious... must try it next time I'm in the UK for any length of time!

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  6. This is exactly what I want for my dinner tonight. I need to hunt down some fresh broad beans but otherwise I'm covered. What an excellent excellent idea and so colourful too!

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  7. What lovely combinations and the best kind of beans on toast!!

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  8. Oh lovely, just the thing to use the last of the broad beans from the garden.

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  9. I am all for dishes like this in the summer. A perfect mixture of flavours and one I will be trying myself :)

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  10. Yes that certainly looks good! Here's another one to try: French Beans with chopped toasted Hazelnuts and Feta cheese, with a drizzle of Hazelnut Oil if you have it - or Olive oil if you haven't. On toast if you want to make it a meal, or without if you want it just as a Side.

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  11. I need to make more meals out of putting things on toast...seems like such an easy and delicious meal!!

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  12. Se ven muy ricas buena combinación me gusta,hugs,hugs.

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  13. So you have a lot of fun with the beans removing the grey skins. Well, it looks very fresh and with the goat's cheese it's just lovely.

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  14. Caroline, such a simple and delicious combination.
    Hope you are having a great week :D

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  15. Top notch Caroline - it's the perfect treat when the heat saps all the energy/cuts your appetite!

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  16. Such a brilliant take on beans on toast. There is something so therapeutic about shelling broad beans, I only do small batches though!

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  17. I am all about food on toast...especially if it involves goat cheese! Yum!

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  18. Everything is better on toast.

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  19. quick, easy, nutritious, filling, delicious, coloful--i could go on and on!

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  20. I often have toast for dinner (or breakfast or lunch) :) This looks great!

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  21. I love these toasts and especially the goat cheese topping. They look really fresh and delicious!

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  22. what an amazing summer supper! it looks so fresh and appetising!

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