1 French Bread Loaf-Baguette Style
½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil or your favorite oil
To Taste Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper To Taste
For the Toppings:
1 Cup Canned White Beans-drained
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Finely Chopped Garlic
2 Sweet Italian Sausage Links- ¼” –meat removed from casing
¾ Cup Onion-sliced thinly
2 Cups Broccoli Rabe -chopped
To Taste Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice bread into about ¼” thick slices, lay all 24 slices out on cookie sheet. Brush with the olive oil on both sides, season top side with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes until a light golden brown.
For white bean spread, puree in a food processor the white beans puree with the olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve.
Prepare the topping by heating a sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the sausage meat . Cook through, breaking up with a spoon to make smaller pieces. Remove the sausage and in the same pan, add the onion. Cook for about 2 minutes or until tender and light golden. Add the broccoli rabe, sauté until wilted. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir the sausage back into the pan.
To assemble, smear a little bit of the white bean puree on each bread. Divide the broccoli rabe and sausage among the 24 crostinis. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, and a grating of Parmesan Cheese if desired.