If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect party appetizer, these delightful leek and butter bean toasts are guaranteed to wow a crowd. Crispy slices of a whole wheat baguette are smeared in sweet roasted garlic and creamy avocado before being piled high with a savory leek and butter bean mash. Lemon zest adds citrusy tang while Aleppo pepper turns up the heat, ensuring each mouthful is layered with complex flavors that play off each other perfectly. If you have more leek mixture than will fit on your pieces of toast, just serve it on the side to eat with a fork: Trust us, it’s that tasty!
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1 8-oz. whole grain baguette, sliced and toasted (20 slices)
1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
Aleppo pepper or ground chipotle chile
In a large nonstick skillet combine leeks, garlic, and salt. Cover and cook over medium 5 minutes or until very tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Remove garlic cloves from leeks.
In a bowl stir together leeks, beans, parsley, and lemon zest.
Smear garlic evenly on toasted bread. Smear avocado evenly over garlic. Top with bean mixture. Sprinkle with Aleppo pepper and serve with lemon wedges.
Ellen Boeke has more than 25 years of experience as a recipe developer and food editor. She holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in consumer food science and journalism from Iowa State University and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Find her on LinkedIn.