White Bean Crostini with Basil and Radish

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At first glance this might not look like much, I know.

That’s kind of how it goes with crostini. You look with your eyes and think, well…that’s just a couple of things on a piece of bread.

But if you eat really good crostini, made with perfectly paired ingredients, you know how magically tasty it can be. Case in point, when I placed a tray of these in front of my husband, he told me after a few bites that he totally didn’t expect them to taste so good, and he went ahead and ate six of them in a row.

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For this pairing, the major players are garlic rubbed bread, lusciously creamy white beans, crunchy spicy radish, a fragrant leaf of basil, and some good olive oil. It’s good stuff, and easy to make!

Start by placing cannellini beans into a blender or food processor along with salt, pepper, cumin, and lemon juice:

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Pulse until it’s pureed, and has a creamy texture:

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Slice up some good quality bread. I prefer batard or baguette for crostini:

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Toast the bread in the oven or in the toaster, and rub the tops with a cut clove of garlic:

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Next slice up some crunchy red radishes into thin disks:

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And you’re ready to assemble:

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Give it a try, and hope you enjoy!

White Bean Crostini with Basil and Radish

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of baguette
  • 15oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3-4 small red radishes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • fresh basil leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Start by toasting the bread slices. You can either pop them in the toaster, or toast them in the oven. Browning time in the oven will depend on how fresh your bread is, but start with a 400F oven for 10 minutes.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse until the beans are pureed, and have a creamy smooth texture.
  3. Using a mandolin, slice up the radishes into thin disks. I use the “super thin slices” setting on my mandolin.
  4. To assemble the crostini, cut the garlic clove in half and rub the bread slices with the garlic clove. Next, spread a spoonful of the pureed white beans onto each toast. Add 3-4 slices of sliced radish, and add a leaf of basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle on some olive oil to finish it off. Serve and enjoy!