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White Bean, Rosemary and Pancetta Bruschetta

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Pancetta is a salt-cured pork product from Italy. It’s made out of the same cut of meat as bacon, but it isn’t smoked. If you have trouble finding pancetta in your grocery store, you can substitute bacon, or leave it out altogether.

Makes30 bruschetta

Cooking Methodsauteeing

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationegg-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealdinner, lunch, snack

Taste and Texturecreamy, crisp, herby

Type of Dishcanape/crostini

Ingredients

  • 3 oz (90 g) pancetta, chopped
  • 2 cans (each 14 to 19 oz/ 398 to 540 mL) cannellini beans or white kidney beans, drained
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 baguette, cut on the diagonal into 3/8-inch (0.75 cm) thick slices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Preheated broiler
  • Baking sheet
  • Electic mixer with flat beater

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté until crispy and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel.

  2. Place cooked pancetta, beans, olive oil, rosemary and garlic in the mixer bowl. Attach the flat beater and mixer bowl to the mixer. Set to speed 2 and mix until beans begin to break up. Increase to speed 4 and mix until beans are crushed and slightly creamy, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Brush both sides of baguette slices with extra-virgin olive oil and place on baking sheet in a single layer. Place under broiler and lightly brown on one side.

  4. Spread white bean mixture on the toasted side of the baguette slices. Drizzle a little more extra-virgin olive oil on top of each slice. Serve immediately.

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