Crostini with white beans and salsa verde
Crostini with white beans and salsa verdeSubscribe to Sainsbury's magazine
- 1 loaf Italian bread, such as ciabatta, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- sea salt
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 80ml chicken or vegetable stock
- extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle
- 6-8 slices prosciutto
- 125g Parmesan cheese, broken into chunks
For the salsa verde:
- 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley, finely shredded
- a small handful of mint leaves, finely shredded
- 1 brown shallot, finely diced
- 90ml extra-virgin olive oil
- 60ml lemon juice
- 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp capers, rinsed, dried and chopped
Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Place the bread slices on two baking trays, drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a serving platter and leave to cool.
For the white beans, put the 2 tbsp olive oil, garlic and lemon zest in a saucepan and place over low heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is softened but not coloured. Add the beans, stock, a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Warm through for 3-4 minutes, tossing in the flavoured oil until hot. Remove from the heat and lightly mash to roughly crush the beans (the bean mash will thicken as it cools). Tip into a serving bowl and leave to cool. Drizzle over extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle generously with black pepper.
For the salsa verde, stir all the ingredients together in a bowl to combine and season with pepper only, to taste. The texture should be quite coarse. Transfer to a serving bowl.
When ready to serve, place the bread, white beans, prosciutto, Parmesan and salsa verde on a platter on the table for everyone to assemble their own crostini.
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