Crostini, sometimes called crostino, which means “little toast” in Italian, is a small slice of grilled or toasted bread capped with a flavorful topping (source).
This recipe, featuring beans and fresh sage, provides a variety of nutrients. 1 cup canned white beans provides 50% DV Dietary Fiber, 19% Calcium, 44% Iron, and 19g Protein (source). An excellent source of Manganese, white beans assist with healthy bones, metabolism, sex hormones and thyroid gland function, regulation of blood sugar, prevention of epileptic seizures, as well as assisting with calcium absorption (source).
These refreshing White Bean and Sage Crostini are excellent hors d’oeuvres or can be used as a fancy potluck contribution.
White Bean and Sage Crostini
1 (8-ounce) baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
fresh cracked pepper
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or great northern beans
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Begin with the crostini by placing baguette slices in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Brush both sides of bread with oil and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, for the topping, drain beans and rinse with water, allowing to drain thoroughly. Mash beans in a small bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing until combined.
Spoon bean mixture evenly atop baguette slices and serve.