Shrimp with White Bean and Chive Puree on Crostini

Start To Finish Time:
30 mins
24 appetizer servings


  • Crostini

  • 24 fresh or frozen large shrimp in shells (about 1 pound total)

  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow sweet pepper

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup mascarpone cheese or cream cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ground white pepper

  • Fresh chives, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  • 1 8 ounce loaf baguette-style French bread

  • olive oil


  1. Prepare Crostini. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact (if desired). Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. In a large saucepan, cook shrimp in a large amount of boiling salted water for 1 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque; drain. Rinse shrimp with cold water; drain again. Cover and chill until needed.

  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine beans, sweet pepper, the snipped chives, and the garlic. Cover and process or blend for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Add mascarpone cheese, salt, and white pepper. Cover and process or blend until well mixed.

  3. Spoon about 1 rounded teaspoon of the bean mixture onto each crostini and top with a shrimp. Garnish with chive pieces. To store any remaining bean mixture, transfer to a small bowl. Cover and chill for up to 3 days. Makes 24 appetizer servings.


  1. Cut French bread into 1/2-inch diagonal slices. Arrange bread slices on baking sheets. Lightly brush one side of bread slices with olive oil. Bake in a 400 degree F oven about 8 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once. Cool. To store, place in an airtight container and store at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories
2g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Protein 4g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.