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This delicious White Bean Bruschetta is the perfect appetizer for impressing your party guests!

ingredients
WHITE BEAN BRUSCHETTA
BLACK OLIVE PASTE
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
1 cup black olives (pitted)
1/4 cup capers (roughly chopped)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
BRUSCHETTA
1 can cannellini beans (15 ounces, drained and rinsed)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (plus more)
2 tablespoons black olive paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon rosemary (chopped)
2 tablespoons basil leaves (thinly sliced)
1 clove garlic (thinly sliced, plus more to rub on toast)
6 slices Italian peasant bread (1-inch thick and grilled)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

directions
For the Black Olive Paste: in the bowl of a food processor, add the anchovy paste, black olives, capers, mustard and vinegar, and pulse until finely chopped. While the machine is running, add the olive oil slowly and pulse until combined.
For the Bruschetta: in a large bowl, add the cannellini beans, oil, black olive paste, balsamic vinegar, hot red pepper flakes, rosemary, basil and garlic and combine. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, preheat grill to high heat. Place the bread slices on the grill and char on both sides. Remove toasted bread to a cutting board and brush with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Rub a raw clove of garlic on the toasted bread. Spoon the bean mixture onto the bread and garnish with extra-virgin olive oil.
Helpful Tips:
– Toast the bread in the oven with extra-virgin olive oil rather than grill.
– Make a batch of olive past and keep on hand for other uses such as bruschettas, pastas and paninis!

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