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Playing Crostini Bar: White Bean and Sesame Spread


  • 1 head garlic, roasted with rosemary until soft
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 3 tablespoons sesame tahini paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • Chopped parsley, chili pepper and lemon zest or minced scallions, for garnish


Serves: Makes 2 cups


Squish roasted garlic away from skin and drop the cloves into a food processor. Add beans. Mix tahini with a couple of tablespoons of water then add to processor along with the lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.

Transfer white bean spread to a serving bowl and garnish. Serve with charred or toasted bread.