Broad bean and goats’ cheese bruschetta

Broad bean and goats’ cheese bruschetta

A Persian take on this classic Italian starter, but still just as fresh and summery.



  1. Heat a large saucepan filled with boiling water. Blanch the beans very briefly (just to soften, not to cook them through). Drain and set aside to cool.

  2. Roast the chilli over a direct flame on the hob until blackened a little, but not completely charred. Alternatively, char them under a hot grill. Slice open and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into thin ribbons.

  3. Mix the chilli, garlic, spring onion, lemon zest and juice together. Add the oregano and broad beans and lightly crush them as you mix. You don’t want a smooth purée, but it needs to hold together.

  4. Heat a large griddle pan and drizzle the sliced sourdough with a little olive oil. Place on the griddle and cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes, or until the bar marks appear.

  5. Remove from the heat and spread with the goats’ cheese. Top with the broad bean mixture and serve.