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Tuscan Kale & White Bean Bruschetta

September/October 2014

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In this classic Tuscan combination, kale and white beans are whirled into a spread for this easy bruschetta recipe. Serve on crostini, toss it with pasta for an appetizer, use it as a panini spread or stir the bruschetta topping into a bowl of chicken soup.


Tuscan Kale & White Bean Bruschetta

Makes: 10 servings

Serving Size: 2 bruschetta

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Tuscan kale (lacinato or dinosaur) or curly kale
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans
  • 20 1/2-inch slices baguette, toasted

Preparation

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Strip kale off the tough stems; discard the stems. Add the leaves and coarse salt to the boiling water. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain well and squeeze to remove most but not all moisture.
  3. Puree half the kale with 1/4 cup oil, garlic and fine salt in a food processor to form a smooth, stiff paste. Coarsely chop the remaining kale and mix it with the kale paste in a bowl.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup kale paste with white beans in another bowl. (Reserve the remaining kale paste for another use.) Top each piece of toasted baguette with a generous tablespoon of the kale-bean mixture. Serve drizzled with a little olive oil, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare kale paste (Steps 1-3), cover with a thin layer of olive oil and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Per serving: 110 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 252 mg sodium; 174 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (46% daily value), Vitamin A (45% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat


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Type of Dish
Appetizer
Ethnic/Regional
Italian
Mediterranean
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Total Time
1 hour or less
Preparation/ Technique
Boil
Food Processor
Servings
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Beans/Legumes
Meal/Course
Appetizers
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