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White Bean Bruschetta

White Bean BruschettaA classic Mediterranean appetizer featuring thin slices of toasted bread topped with lightly mashed white beans seasoned with fresh herbs and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 loaf French or sourdough baguette
1 cup white beans, cooked and lightly mashed*
1 tomato, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and/or flat leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic - divided use
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
Chopped fresh basil and/or flat leaf parsley for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cut baguette into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices. Place on baking sheet, brush with a little olive oil and broil until just toasted.
  2. Cut 1 clove garlic in half and rub toasted bread with the cut side.
  3. Mix together white beans with tomato. Add chopped basil or parsley, or a combination of both.
  4. Crush remaining clove of garlic and mix with the olive oil and vinegar. Add to bean mixture.
  5. Mound bean mixture onto toasted baguette slices and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with parsley or basil and serve.

Makes about 12 appetizer servings.

*If using canned, drain and rinse well.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Calbeans.org.