White Bean Crostini Toasts are an easy snack, appetizer or side dish, served on a crusty French bread. It’s a simple vegetarian appetizer!

white bean crostini

Friends, now that Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day are over, we’re settling into this amazing February we are having. Here’s a great appetizer to set out, this warm White Bean Crostini Toasts recipe for a little snack dinner.

White Bean Crostini Toasts

What I look forward to most about the weekends is gathering friends, and cooking up a feast. Sometimes it’s a feast of appetizers! But wait … this recipe is good enough for lunch or a light dinner, too. Just grab the cannellini beans, lemon, basil, cheese and few more ingredients.

white beans on toast

Easy Friday night appetizer with beans

Combining white beans and lemon is a match made in heaven. Cannellini beans don’t carry much flavor, so they are the perfect foundation for adding citrusy, and herbaceous, ingredients.

When combined with lemon juice and zest, the beans transform into a creamy, brightly-flavored spread, that leaves the light flavors of lemon and sweet basil lingering on your tongue long after you’re done eating.

making white beans toasts

Ingredients for lemony bean toasts

Let’s get started. All you need are these ingredients:

  • Cannellini beans
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice + zest
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • French bread, lightly toasted with olive oil or butter
  • Balsamic vinegar for dipping

making crostini toast

What is crostini?

Crostinis are small, bite-sized appetizers made up of slices of toasted baguettes or French bread, topped with your favorite toppings.

This appetizer is both filling and healthy. Think “snack dinner,” and serve these with a giant salad, or a pot of soup.

white bean toasts on cookie sheet

How to make white bean crostini

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss, then use a fork to lightly mash the beans (leave some large chunks; don’t over mash). Add in basil and gently mix in. Taste for additional salt and pepper.
  2. Place the lightly-toasted French bread onto a baking sheet. Divide the beans into fourths and spread the beans onto the bread, using a fork to gently mash down. Cover each piece with Parmesan cheese and broil until the cheese has melted and the beans are warmed.
  3. Drizzle the toasts with extra basil, olive oil, and a generous splash of balsamic. Serve warm.

a plate of white bean crostini

Serve white bean toasts!

Maybe you’re setting up a crostini bar or board? Try a crostini bar as the appetizer course for your next family dinner or cocktail party. Round out the spread with any of your favorite topping combinations, but make sure and serve this white bean option.

Serve these as a light vegetarian lunch, or cut the toasts into thirds, sprinkle with basil, and serve as an appetizer, with olive oil and balsamic for dipping.

warm white bean toasts

This recipe can easily be doubled. You can make these ahead of time, as the bread will store for a few days in an air-tight container. The white bean spread can be refrigerated a few days.

plate of white bean crostini toasts

For me personally? Crispy charred bread that I toasted under the broiler is the perfect crunchy base for these creamy beans.

Really, these are so good!

ENJOY!

More white bean recipes to try:

Slow Cooker White Bean Basil Chicken Soup

Creamy Parmesan White Bean Stew

Turkey Poblano White Bean Chili

Easy White Bean Soup

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White Bean Crostini Toasts

White bean and lemon are a match made in heaven. Cannellini beans don’t carry much flavor, so they are the perfect foundation for adding citrusy and herbaceous ingredients. When combined with lemon juice and zest, the beans transform into a creamy, brightly-flavored spread, that leaves the light flavors of summer lemon and sweet basil lingering on your tongue long after you’re done eating. Serve these as a light, vegetarian lunch, or cut the toasts into thirds, sprinkle with basil, and serve as an appetizer, with olive oil and balsamic for dipping.

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6-8 large leaves sweet basil, chiffonade, plus more to garnish
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, packed
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • c shaved Parmesan
  • 4 slices French bread, lightly toasted, with olive oil or butter
  • Balsamic vinegar for dipping

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss, then use a fork to lightly mash the beans (leave some large chunks; don’t over mash). Add in basil and gently mix in. Taste for additional salt and pepper.
  • Place the lightly-toasted French bread onto a baking sheet. Divide the beans into fourths and spread the beans onto the bread, using a fork to gently mash down. Cover each piece with Parmesan cheese and broil on low for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the beans are warmed.
  • Drizzle the toasts with extra basil, olive oil, and a generous splash of balsamic. Serve warm.
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white bean crostini toasts

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