1 whole-wheat baguette, cut into 20 (1-inch-thick) slices
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large shallot, minced (2 tablespoons)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (16-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Place baguette slices on baking sheet, and brush with 1 tablespoon of oil. Bake 10 minutes or until toasted.
While the bread is toasting, warm remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add beans, and cook 2 minutes to warm through. Add salt and pepper. Mash about half the beans with a large fork.
Add chopped roasted red bell pepper to bean mixture. Allow to warm through, and remove from heat. Top crostini evenly with bean mixture; garnish with chopped parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
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Very good basic recipe. I've used it as a general cold dip/spread, too. The only thing I have changed is cutting the garlic down to one smallish clove. Even though I'm a garlic fiend I think this dish is better a little more subtle to allow the roasted red pepper and white bean flavor to come through. As for variations I have substituted the parsley with a teaspoon or so of chopped fresh thyme or a dusting of smoked paprika to good effect.
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