White Bean Crostini Recipe
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White Bean Crostini Recipe

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A buttery bean puree showcasing the fresh flavors of garlic and thyme tops golden slices of French bread. The versatile appetizer never fails to win the approval of my guests.—Nancee Melin, Tucson, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • Sliced ripe olives and additional fresh thyme, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 76 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 122mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a food processor, combine the beans, 1/4 cup oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and process until smooth. Add olives and thyme; process until blended.
  2. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with remaining oil. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Spread each slice with 1 tablespoon bean mixture. Garnish with olives and thyme if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as White Bean Crostini in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p40

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contrarywife User ID: 2675625 215942
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Made this for a Christmas Eve appetizer and it was well received; however, the garlic was a tad too strong. If I make it again, I will use roasted garlic."

theckman User ID: 1075918 180798
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Excellent appetizer. My husband loved it and that's saying a lot!!"

loveschristmas User ID: 5275522 164544
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"I dislike beans, but this tasty appetizer is a winner! Very tasty and easy to make."

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