Thursday, 2 July 2015

You CAN Do It!

Crostini con Crema di Fagioli "Gigante", Ricotta, Pomodori Secche & Erbe Miste
Crostini with "Gigante" Bean, Ricotta, Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb Spread

 

Before we even begin, I must apologize for having been absent-minded enough to have somehow lost my usual ingredients phot... I know! I am definitely more upset about it than you are my friends... I hope you can forgive me somehow!

But, maybe this little idea here will make up for it... Because it means you can do without cooking, have to spend not even 5 minutes of your time to prepare it and have a great little snack on these hot, hot evenings!


 
 
Today was a day that was definitely too, too hot for cooking! The only thing I did was to quickly toast those little slices of bread for 2 minutes on either side... But that was IT! I even let technology take care of anything remotely like work this evening and let my blender take care of everything... And I am not ashamed to admit it! Haha!

And why? Well... Because the result was delicious, healthy and perfect to enjoy with an ice cold drink on a hot summers night! That's why!


 

You could serve this as a dip, or make little party snacks like I did, but the bottom line is that if you can pop open a can of beans, you can whizz those delicious and creamy dip in next to no time... No cooking, no hassle, no worries!

Adding a little quarter-slice of cucumber added a juicy, crunch freshness that made these little snacks better still... And that whole tray of snacks you can see in the pictures was made by simply slicing up 2 regular little rolls that were a day old and past their prime. So never be wasteful or throw anything away! Look at what a great treat I managed to make from something so simple!

 

Adding a little quarter-slice of cucumber added a juicy, crunch freshness that made these little snacks better still... And that whole tray of snacks you can see in the pictures was made by simply slicing up 2 regular little rolls that were a day old and past their prime. So never be wasteful or throw anything away! Look at what a great treat I managed to make from something so simple!


 

Into my blender went 1 drained can of "gigante" white beans, those lovely, large, greek beans that seem only to exist in cans... But that's ok as long as we have can-openers, or they have ring-pulls! Haha!

So, 1 can of beans, 1 Spring onion, 4 sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of fresh ricotta, plenty of fresh herbs... In this case parsley, mint, cilantro and marjoram and a quarter of a lime, peel and all!


 

Whizz everything together for 2-3 minutes until nicely blended and then add salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar if necessary and olive oil to taste.

 

Serve with a last, light drizzle of olive oil, garnish with a few herbs and simply enjoy with some crusty bread or chips, or even vegetables if you are planning on enjoying as a dip... Or...

 

Alternatively, prepare your snacks in advance as little canap├ęs...

 

Irresistible, healthy and light... What could be better than that?

 
 
But better still with that little bit of crunch and freshness from the cucumber! Simple, Summer good time food! Make it, share it and enjoy!

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