My next recipe comes from Light and Healthy and is a continuation on the crostini recipe I wrote about months ago.
This recipe challenges you to not be a basic with your tiny garlic bread and instead asks you to be extra vanilla with white beans and arugula.
I’m not so sure that joke worked. Maybe I need to get my money back from that comedy class I took.
What you’ll need
- 1 large baguette, cut on the bias into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 3 garlic cloves, one un-cut and two minced
- Olive oil spray
- 2 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, drained
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 shallot minced (3 tablespoons worth)
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 ounce of arugula, chopped (1/2 cups worth)
The first step is to mix the beans, oil, lemon juice, and 2 garlic cloves in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. It’ll look a lot like hummus by the time you’re through.
Next, combine this mixture in a bowl along with the cayenne and shallot. Feel free to also season with salt and pepper as well.
Once this is combined, cover the bowl and allow it to rest under room temperature for about an hour.
When you’ve got 10-15 minutes left waiting for that mixture to settle go ahead and prepare your crostini by following the crostini recipe I mentioned earlier.
When that basic recipe is complete, your bean mixture should be well settled. Take a tablespoon of the bean mixture and spread it on each slice. Then sprinkle arugula on top and you are finito!
As you can see in the photo, I purchased bread that was little bigger than what is called for. You’ll actually want to select a baguette that’s about half the width of what I ended up with.
If you want to be a goody two shoes and follow the rules that is. Otherwise, it doesn’t really matter. I can assure you it’ll still taste great.
So how is the taste?
Pretty damn good. As I mentioned earlier, the bean spread reminded me of hummus and that follows through in regards to taste as well, but my favorite part of this recipe is the arugula.
I love arugula. It’s springy and tastes so fresh and green with it’s slightly nutty flavors. Combine that with a bean spread and you just feel…I don’t know…one with nature I guess.
Like you’re just meeting mother nature and your nonna for a light picnic. That’s the best way I can describe it.
So go ahead, plan your fantasy picnic and be one with the universe.