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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Egg and Blackbean Crostini

Tasty and healthy way to use up those dyed eggs: Crostini. This version uses some mashed black beans for heft, some arugula for intrigue, some Romano for depth and the slice of egg adds richness. I think you will love these!
Egg and Black Bean Crostini
1 sourdough baguette
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, or two small ones
3/4 cup cooked black beans, drain but reserve liquid
1/4  to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
18 to 20 arugula leaves
18 to 20 pieces shaved Romano cheese
5 or 6  hard boiled eggs, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
cracked pepper
Cut the bread into 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat half of the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. As oil is warming, smash the garlic and add half to the pan, stirring frequently. When the garlic is golden brown, remove it from the oil and discard. Place half the slices of bread in the pan and toast for a minute or two. With tongs, turn bread and toast the other side. Remove to a paper towel. Repeat the process with the remaining oil, garlic and bread. Mash the black beans in a small bowl. Use some of the reserved liquid to the mash to make it spreading consistency. Add salt to taste. Stir in the hot pepper sauce. Spread each crostini with 2 to 3 teaspoons of the black bean paste. Top this with an arugula leaf and shaved Romano. Finish with the egg slice and some cracked pepper. Serve at room temperature.
Hints: The bread will soak in the garlic oil as you toast it and allowing it to sit on a paper towel will leach some of the oil back out. Use canned black beans or home made and use the salt and hot pepper sauce according to your taste. The arugula leaves can be different sizes, use two if needed to cover the bean spread. I shave the Romano with a vegetable peeler; use more than one piece if they are broken or small. If you have a preferred way to perfectly boil eggs, great. If not, try putting the eggs in warm water then placing on the stove and bringing to a simmer, not a full boil, and cooking for 20 minutes. Then drain and run cold water over them for a couple of minutes. This method works for me but I am open to suggestions if you have a better way. I use only egg slices that have some yolk in them for the crostini.

Sophie and I had these for lunch yesterday (half a recipe) and we really enjoyed them. I think they would be great for an appetizer buffet. Only one more Easter egg left to use. I think I will boil some more soon. Eggs are great. Full of protein and easy on the budget, they add flavor and body to all kinds of things. A quick and nutritious snack, (deviled or plain). A beautiful sandwich. A delightful crostini!


  1. Oh.My.Gosh! Love this!
    Great blog here so excited to follow along!
    Your newest fan,

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    1. It was! We will make some when you visit. We should start a list of things you want me to cook when you are here.

  3. And a side of these to go with my salad for lunch!