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Garlic and White Bean Bruschetta with Boquerones

Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer made with toasted bread and a topping. The best known Italian version uses a topping of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and basil. This Spanish-influenced version features a creamy white bean puree topped by boquerones, beautiful white anchovies preserved in oil and vinegar, and sweet and mildly spicy piquillo peppers.
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Bean type: White bean
Collection: Chef Creation, Video
Servings: 12
Calories: 170kcal
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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic clove finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme minced
  • 1 teaspoon sage minced
  • cups (or 1 15-ounce can) cannellini beans, drained
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 24 country bread slices halved, then sliced ½" thick
  • 1 garlic clove whole
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 24 white anchovies boquerones
  • 3 piquillo peppers sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, minced


  • For the bean purée: Place the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and herbs in a medium sauté pan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the cooked cannellini beans, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the flavors meld.
  • Place in a food processor and process until smooth. If the mixture seems dry, add a little water and olive oil to achieve a creamy texture. Keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, grill the bread on both sides. Wipe one side of the bread with the whole garlic, and brush with olive oil.
  • Top each piece of toasted bread with about 2 tablespoons of the white bean purée and one piece of white anchovy and two strips of piquillo pepper.
  • Sprinkle a little minced parsley on top and serve.


Recipe developed by The Culinary Institute of America as an industry service to the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2.5mg