Happy Monday! This white bean crostini dish is a savory starter that will please all your guests. White Bean Crostini is both healthy and delicious and perfect for both a party or a simple night at home. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to prepare!
1 (15 ounce) can northern white beans, rinsed (reserve a few TBs of the liquid)
1/4 C tomato sauce
10 basil leaves, torn
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 TBs fresh lemon juice
Salt and Pepper, for seasoning
6-8 (quarter to half inch) slices of rustic bread, Italian or Ciabatta would be lovely
Slice the bread lengthwise (Note: If using a baguette-style bread, slice on a diagonal to get the most surface area for adding the bean mixture.) and lightly brush with olive oil. Heat the oven to 300 degrees and place the bread slices on a baking sheet for about five minutes. Rotate and heat another five minutes or so until golden. (Note: Set your timer to turn the bread! And set for less time if using smaller pieces of bread.)
While the bread is toasting, heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat and add the chopped garlic. Before it browns, add the torn basil and sauté for a minute longer. Add the beans and tomato sauce. (Note: Fresh tomatoes could be substituted if on hand.) Add some of the liquid from the beans if you like a moister consistency. Cook about five minutes until hot. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Arrange the bread on a plate for each guest and spoon the bean mixture over the bread. (Note: If you’re a garlic fan, rub a raw clove over the toasted bread before adding the beans!) Tear a little more of the basil and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and grate fresh Parmesan or Romano or crumble Ricotta Salada to add even more flavor to this tasty and quick appetizer dish. Enjoy!