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White Bean Crostini

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
    2 dozen


  • 1 can (15 ounces) 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • contrarywife
    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
    Dec 28, 2011

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

  • loveschristmas
    Jul 26, 2011

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