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Grilled Pitas with White Bean Basil Spread and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Grilled Pitas with White Bean Basil Spread and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

 
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese
 

Spread

  • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 

Directions

1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Spread the tomatoes on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic and sprinkle with crushed red pepper and a pinch of kosher salt. Toss to coat.
3. Roast the tomatoes for 18-20 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and their skins are bursting. Let cool slightly.
4. Meanwhile, place the beans, basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt in the bowl of a food processor (or high-powered blender). Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl a few times if necessary. With the motor running, drizzle the olive oil. Process for 30 seconds more until the spread becomes light and fluffy. Transfer to a bowl and briefly set aside.
5. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the pitas and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until grill marks appear.
6. Spread each pita generously with the white bean basil spread. Top with roasted cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve whole, or slice each pita into quarters with a sharp knife.
 
Recipe by Serena Wolf of