Wednesday, December 9, 2015

White Bean Flatbreads with Prosciutto and Cheese


My husband sounded a little disappointed after asking what was for dinner last night. Even after I cheerfully replied White Bean Flatbreads with Prosciutto and Cheese. “You know it’s kind of like a pizza but with beans instead of sauce, it will be good trust me”. Hmmm Maybe I should have stopped there. But no I kept talking them up……. Turned out he loved them and even remarked that the creaminess of the beans paired wonderfully with the saltiness of the prosciutto. A home run!

The pitas were brushed with olive oil and cooked in a cast iron skillet. Beans were mashed with minced fresh rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes and prosciutto which was then spread on the pitas. They were topped with fontina cheese and almonds. Into the broiler for a couple of minutes and voilĂ , dinner is ready.

This was quick and easy to prepare. Perfect for lunch, dinner or even great for a party. One in which everyone hangs out and cooks in the kitchen together. There are countless variations, something for everyone. Kale and butternut squash would be a great vegetarian option.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from the Food and Wine magazine.

Ingredients:

4 flatbreads
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 15-ounce can cannellini bean, drain, rinsed and mashed
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon minced rosemary
2 ounces chopped sliced prosciutto
¼ cup chopped roasted almonds
1 ½ cup grated fontina cheese

To prepare:

Preheat a cast iron skillet. When heated add flatbread that has been brushed with olive oil on each side. Cook about 3 minutes total, until both sides are browned.


Preheat broiler on high

In a medium sized bowl combine beans, red pepper flakes, rosemary and prosciutto. Divide into fourths and spread evenly on each flatbread. Top with the cheese and almonds.


Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and place flatbreads on sheet. Broil for 2 minutes until the cheese is melted and the pitas are golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil. Cut into wedges, enjoy!




Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

55 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious. It sounds like a great alternative to pizza, probably healthier than pizza too.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, thats what I was thinking too.

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  2. I don't think flat bread can ever be bad. And I love white beans. This would be a home run in my book though hubby would probably be happy if i added meat!

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  3. I never thought to use white bean sauce instead of pizza sauce - that's such a great idea!

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  4. This is so darned creative! I HATE it when my husband gives me that blank stare when I tell him what's for dinner, but I know he'd love these!

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    1. Thanks Sue, my husband is not always as adventurous as I am. if there is meat involved, no problem but he is getting better.

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    2. Thanks Sue, my husband is not always as adventurous as I am. if there is meat involved, no problem but he is getting better.

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  5. What a creative recipe! Can't wait to give it a try too. Thanks for sharing, Cheri.

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  6. I love pizzas and white beans so I know this has my name on it. This would be a great and easy appetizer at a small party - love it Cheri - thank you! P.S. I try not to tell my husband too much about food - haha!

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    1. Hi Trisha, thats a great tip, the less they know the better. hehe!

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  7. Dear Cheri, a very creative recipe indeed with lots of great ingredients! It would never have occured to me to prepare these but the recipe has certainly made me more than curious!
    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea, we had leftovers and I enjoyed this just as much the next day.

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  8. Oh, this looks and sounds so incredible, Cheri!! I love everything about it. What a recreative recipe. I gotta try it. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Monica, hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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  9. These sound amazing... I love any kind of flatbread, and with all those delicious flavors, I'm sure it was wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Loretta, appreciate you stopping by.

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  10. No need to comvince me, they sound wonderful! Can't wait to try them, Cheri. Thanks!

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  11. Brilliant idea Cheri! Bravo to you for keeping your hubby so healthy =) The fontina cheese on the pita looks sooo good!

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    1. Thanks Kim, lets just say sometimes he is not exactly pleased, but he really liked this.

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  12. Sounds great. I'd happily wolf a couple of those with a large bowl of soup. Now you've got me wondering if it's possible to make flatbreads with beans, like you can using chickpeas (gram flour). Must do some research.

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    1. Hi Johny, well I've put beans in cookies before, I'm thinking this might work.

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  13. I love the sound of these, such a simple but tasty lunch idea.

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  14. This just looks soo good! All cheesy things is a major hit in my house so these would be perfect :)

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  15. What a great idea. I will keep it in mind for when I am on leave next week :)

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  16. Who could resist these, I love it.

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  17. Very creative and yummy dish. Love it :)

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  18. Cheri:

    It sounds like your husband is a good sport. I know mine often is a bit disappointed at the outset of a meal that is not apparently hearty but usually comes around when everything is served. I'm glad your husband enjoyed what you made.

    The flatbreads look delicious and I look forward to making them soon.

    Have a great weekend.

    D

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    1. Thanks Dena, most often he is a good sport, Happy Holidays!

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  19. These flatbreads look really tasty - very creative and unique topping combination.

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  20. This sounds like an amazing dinner to me. I'm so glad your husband liked it. Like he said, I think the creaminess of the cheese with the saltiness of the prosciutto is a winning combination xx

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  21. Thanksgiving meal and all the leftovers. I could use some healthier, lighter meals! Thanks for all the great ideas!!!

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  22. This sounds so fantastic, Cheri! I love this dish and would never have thought to put these ingredients together. I was licking my lips as I read your post and was imagining just how delicious that first bite would be. Gotta have it!

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  23. What a wonderful recipe! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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  24. i would get VERY excited about having this for dinner! the almonds are a surprise, but a pleasant one--great addition for crunch against those creamy beans!

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    1. Hi Grace, I love anything with beans, my husband not so much.

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  25. Cheri - I have to admit that I might have needed a little convincing to! But, once you started listing the ingredients, you had me hooked. I'll be making the soon… I can't believe I missed this recipe and F&W! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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    1. Thanks David you too, wish you and Mark the best!!

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