Gorgonzola, Fava Bean, and Purple Potato Canapes

Here’s my inspiration (from epicurious.com), as well as my personal editing (I’m taking out these parts of the published recipe, and adding in these parts), based on what I actually have on hand:

Gorgonzola, Fava Bean, and Purple Potato Canapes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup shelled fresh fava beans* or lima beans (about 3/4 pound in pods)
  • 10 small purple potatoes or small red potatoes (each about 2 inches in diameter; about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 6 ounces Gorgonzola blue cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (about 3/4 cup), softened plain yogurt, strained through a coffee filter
Preparation:
  1. Finely chop walnuts. In a small heavy skillet cook walnuts in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden and transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  2. Have ready a bowl of ice and cold water. In a kettle of boiling salted water blanch beans 1 minute and immediately transfer with slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain beans and gently peel away outer skins.
  3. Return kettle of water to a boil and cut potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Cook potatoes 8 minutes, or until just tender, and transfer with slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain potatoes in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. In a small bowl stir together Gorgonzola and cream cheese until combined well. (Canapé ingredients may be prepared up to this point 2 days ahead. Keep toasted walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature. Chill beans and potatoes separately in sealable plastic bags and chill Gorgonzola cream covered with plastic wrap.)
  5. Assembly: Spread about 1 teaspoon Gorgonzola cream on each potato slice and top each canapé with a bean, pressing down gently. Sprinkle canapés with walnuts. Canapés may be assembled 6 hours ahead and chilled, covered.
The Verdict:
These were fine.  They weren’t spectacular, and they took quite a bit of work for the outcome.  On the other hand, I didn’t have to go grocery shopping, and I used produce from the CSA.  Even though I have an unholy love of all things crostini, it’s a little weird when they’re done with potatoes instead of bread.  I know starches are meant to be interchangeable, but I found it a little strange.  So in the end, I likely won’t make quite this item again.  I may decide that the flavor was good enough to create a fava bean, blue cheese potato salad, but we’ll have to see whether I even decide that’s worthwhile.
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