April 1, 2021 | Fort Ross
Springtime 2021 selections: Ricotta Fava Toasts
This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our newly released 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay
3 quarts water
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
1 pound unshelled fava beans or 1 cup frozen shelled favas or edamame
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 (1/2-inch-thick) rustic bread slices or pain au levain slices, cut from the center of the loaf
1 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus whole tarragon leaves, for garnish
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large stockpot over high. Stir in 2 tablespoons salt. Shell fava beans; add beans to boiling water. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer beans to a bowl filled with ice water; let stand 2 minutes. Drain well. If using shelled fresh beans, peel and discard skins from beans. Stir together peeled beans, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Brush bread slices evenly on both sides with remaining 1/3 cup oil. Place on unoiled grates; grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.
3. Stir together ricotta, chopped tarragon, pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; spread seasoned ricotta evenly on 1 side of each toast slice; top evenly with dressed favas. Cut toasts in half on an angle; arrange on a serving platter. Season with salt, and sprinkle with tarragon leaves.