tuscan white bean puree

one last look back at the decade i spent with the magazines. i did love them all, and working with the talented, passionate creators behind them. i got particularly excited when wish magazine (sadly, now defunct) came out each month, because it had an extensive food section. this recipe is from the cookbook spinoff from wish. having tried my share of them with great success every time, i’m willing to say every recipe in this book is a winner. it’s no longer for sale, but the recipes are still available online.

i can’t tell you how many times i’ve whipped up this white bean purée to take to a party or potluck. it comes together in minutes and seems to please everybody. i even made it last weekend for an al fresco dinner that i hosted in our backyard, and omitted the garlic since one of my guests doesn’t digest it well. it still tasted amazing and drew approving comments from every single guest–including a discerning 13-month-old baby. i served it alongside very hearty crackers instead of on toasts which the original recipe calls for. i think it’s also a great dip for just about anything, and i can even imagine it thinned out over pasta.

so i’ve gone from drooling over recipes to writing my own. i only hope mine are this good.

tuscan white bean purée crostini

(the wish recipes from both the magazine and the cookbook can be found on the 20-minute supper club website, including this one. i find this makes about 2 cups.)

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cup canned white beans, drained
6 sage leaves
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 slice whole wheat baguette, cut into 1/2 -inch

Preparation
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Add shallots and garlic and cook until soft.
Add white beans and mix thoroughly.
Transfer mixture to a food processor. Add sage leaves, lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Purée until smooth.
Spread on toasted baguette.