Crostini is a popular appetizer with a somewhat pretentious name. Quite simply, it’s toasted bread with some type of savory topping. Tomatoes, tapenade, even cured meats are a delicious accompaniment to a toasted french baguette. Here is a simple yet savory pairing of flavors. Garlic is slathered in olive oil and then roasted until caramelized and sweet, then pureed with white beans, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Ingredients

1 15 oz can white beans (rinsed and drained)

1 head of garlic (roasted)

1/2 cup olive oil

handful parsley

squeeze of lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 french baguette, or other loaf of bread (sliced)

Method

To roast garlic: preheat oven to 400 degrees. With sharp knife, cut off top portion of one head of garlic, so that the cloves are exposed. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper, cover with foil, and roast at 400 degrees for about thirty minutes or until the garlic is browned. Set aside and let cool.

Next, slice bread into 1/2-1 inch thick pieces, drizzle with olive oil, and toast in oven at 375 degrees until lightly browned.

Once garlic is cooled, remove cloves from peel by squeezing the ends. Cloves should release easily. Place in a blender with white beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice, and parsley, and puree until smooth consistency is achieved. Spread mixture evenly over bread and serve with garnish of fresh parsley. Enjoy!

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