Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sausage and Cannellini Bean Crostini

This was not originally a crostini recipe but we always ate it with a crusty bread. Eventually I started serving it on the bread when we had Italian "tapas". My first couple of posts will feature some of my other Italian "tapas" By using turkey sausage you can make this a fairly healthy meal/crostini.

Warning teaching moment. A crostini is a thinly sliced piece of bread, usually a baguette, toasted with olive oil or butter and garlic. Bruschetta is sliced thicker, and generally grilled, then rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.

For the Crostini
1 baguette sliced into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick about 16 pieces total
Olive oil for drizzling

For the Sausage and Cannellini
2 tsp. olive oil, plus some for drizzling
1/2 small white onion, diced finely
1 Italian Sausage, 4 to 5 oz cut into a small dice
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 can (15.5 oz) of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Preheat oven to 325°.

Drizzle olive oil lightly over the baguette slices. Then put the slices on a baking sheet and put in oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, they will not be browned but they will be lightly toasted. Set aside so they will cool.

Saute the onions in the olive oil until they are translucent. Add the sausage pieces, cook until browned. Add the beans and garlic and cook until they are heated through. Drizzle olive oil over the bean mixture. Take a scoop of the beans and place on top of the crostini.


  1. Greg, Congratulations on the new blog! Off to a great start. These look delicious--and easy to make. Now that's my kind of recipe!

  2. Can't wait to try these - they look great! Perfect timing, baguettes are buy one, get one at Harris Teeters this week!