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 Crostini Variopinti (Posh Baked Beans On Toast)

Crostini Variopinti (Posh Baked Beans On Toast)

Here in Britain we often eat baked beans on toast as a snack or light meal, and it is one of my favourites, especially since I have become vegan! Beans are filling and a good source of protein and fibre, and are very tasty in a tomato sauce, the way they come in the can. I recently discovered how to make this home-made, more “upmarket” version of beans and tomatoes on toasted bread, which is delicious, quick and simple! It is ideal for lunch or a small meal, and most of the ingredients are very healthy (you get at least a couple of your 5-a-day here, not including the garlic, which also has major health benefits!) Preparation and cooking time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 small red onion, quartered and cut into short thin strips

2 tsp lemon zest

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1-2 tbsp lemon juice

1½ cups/22-50 g aragula (rocket)

12 oz/ 350 g ripe tomatoes, halved

2 garlic cloves

1 can white (e.g. cannelini) beans ( can size about 200g)

4 small bunches of tomatoes on the vine

8 slices of rustic Italian white bread, or ciabatta

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1) Rinse the beans in a sieve and drain. Peel the garlic and finely chop 1 clove. Halve the other.

2) Mix the balsamic cream with the chopped garlic, lemon juice, salt pepper, and olive oil, then mix with the lemon zest, onions and beans.

3) Put the bread and tomatoes into a hot oven (400 °C/200°C/Gas Mark 6) until the bread is toasted and the tomatoes are cooked. Rub the bread with the halved garlic clove.

4) Pile spoonfuls of the vegetable mixture on each slice and top with rocket (aragula) and tomatoes. Serve at once, with a green salad.


Enjoy, let me know what you think! Your votes and comments are much appreciated.


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Veganara (aka Maggie Bailey) is a British lady of a certain age who has now been vegan for around 3 years, having been vegetarian since the age of 25. She lives in Aldershot, Hants, England, is newly single, and writes general interest articles for another website, besides writing blogs for this site. She has a degree in Russian and Law and is a former civil servant, and besides writing also enjoys cooking, cycling, reading and is learning to play the guitar. She is generally very passionate about veganism and animal rights, and sees this as the most logical and ethical lifestyle choice that exists.

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  1. kristo
    voted! This is a great idea, crostini is really nice!
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  2. Carolyn
    Veganara, vote number 6. I have missed all my friends on The Flaming Vegan. As you know, I moved the middle of October and have been without internet. We just got internet tonight. I love baked beans!
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  3. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Very tempting , a recipe! Voted dear :)
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  4. dianabart
    Sounds delicious! Voted & shared! My only change up- might be.. NO WHITE breads for me!! only live grains.. but none-the-less this sounds Excellent! I will have to try!! thanks for posting!!! :)
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  5. SnakeWitch
    you already made it to top! doin' good, there! Voted anyways because this one seems delicious!
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    1. Veganara
      Thanks Annie! Yep, I can't believe it, I only posted this late last night (it's now 4.30 pm here in England), so I have made TPs in record time, woohooo!!
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