Tartines aux Feves

Ok, ok, I know most people turn up their nose at lima beans. But you may change your mind with this recipe for smashed lima beans mixed with Parmesan, lemon juice and basil. The bean mixture is then spread on toasted baguette slices and topped with some fresh mozzarella cheese and olive oil. Miam-miam!

Pronounced: tar teen / oh / fehv


  • 1 10-oz package frozen lima beans, cooked according to package directions
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • To serve:
  • baguette slices, rubbed with olive oil and garlic and baked
  • fresh buffalo mozzarella balls
  • extra virgin olive oil


1. Allow the beans to come to room temperature and season with some sea salt.

2. Place them in a large bowl and using a potato masher or a fork, mash them up. They should be chunky.

3. Add the lemon juice, cheese and some chopped basil and mash together.

4. Stir in the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and season.

5. Spread the baguettes with some of the mashed bean mixture.

6. Cut or tear the mozzarella balls and place on top of the beans.

To serve:

Arrange on a plate, drizzle with olive oil and serve.

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