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Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Beans and Fresh Herbs

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Trattoria by Mary Beth Clark
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
  Serves 4
In Tuscany, the city of Lucca is known for its outstanding olive oil, showcased here in the garlic-scented toast known as bruschetta. You can also serve the toasts topped with cured meats, marinated roasted peppers or other ingredients of your choosing.
For the Topping:
1 cup seeded and diced ripe beefsteak tomato
3/4 cup well-drained cannellini beans (freshly cooked or canned)
1/4 cup seeded and diced cucumber
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green (spring) onion
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
Freshly ground pepper
For the Bruschetta:
8 slices country-style white or whole-wheat bread, each 2 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick
1 large clove garlic, cut in half
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
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In a bowl, combine all the topping ingredients, including pepper to taste. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or for up to 2 days to allow the flavors to blend.

Preheat a broiler or prepare a fire in a charcoal grill. Arrange the bread slices on a rack on a broiler pan or on a grill rack and broil or grill for 2 minutes. Turn the bread slices over and continue to cook until golden, 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat, rub a cut side of the garlic clove over one side of each warm bread slice and then brush with 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil.

Mound an equal amount of the topping on the garlic-rubbed side of each bread slice. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

Recipe author: Mary Beth Clark

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 266
Sodium: 466mg
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 47g
Protein: 8g
% Cal. from Fat: 24%
Fat. Total: 7g
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Rating: 5
by: Camille Reviewed: 02/18/2012
Simply Delicious!
This is such an incredible recipe. Really bright, clean, and fresh tasting and it makes a nice presentation. The flavors really compliment one another.
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