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Crostini with Tuna and White Bean Puree

These elegant crostini are sure to impress guests at any party. Also try: Eggplant Caponata Crostini, Crostini with Fresh Ricotta and Grilled Radicchio

  • Yield: Makes 8 crostini

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing crostini
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • 4 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices pugliese or country-style bread, halved crosswise
  • 1 (6.3-ounce) can oil-packed Italian tuna
  • 8 Cerignola olives, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, rosemary, sage, red-pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Cook, stirring, until garlic is soft and golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add cannellini beans and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  2. Transfer bean mixture to the bowl of a food processor. Add red-wine vinegar and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush bread on both sides with olive oil. Place bread slices on grill pan; cook, turning once, until bread is toasted and grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.

  4. Spread two tablespoons white bean puree on each slice of grilled bread. Top with tuna and sliced olives. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


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