For a casual first course, Roxanne Chan tops fresh tomatoes with a savory bean mixture. Mash the beans into a chunky purée with a potato masher or pulse a few times in a food processor.

Roxanne E. Chan, Albany, California
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Credit: James Carrier

Recipe Summary

Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir pine nuts often until golden, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • In a bowl, mix mashed beans, basil, mayonnaise, parmesan, lemon juice, capers, currants, green onion, and garlic until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Arrange tomato slices, overlapping, on a platter. Spoon bean mixture down the center of tomatoes. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Nutrition Facts

104 calories; calories from fat 41%; protein 4.7g; fat 4.8g; saturated fat 0.9g; carbohydrates 12g; fiber 3.7g; sodium 165mg; cholesterol 3mg.