Garlicky white bean pure with fried salami

Whether you eat this as a snack or light meal, chances are you’ll be coming back for more of this moreish creamy-spicy combo. Begin this recipe a day ahead to soak the white beans.

Prep 0 h : 15 m
Cook 1 h : 0 m


  • 300g dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight in cold water, drained

    500ml (2 cups) chicken stock

    3 garlic heads, individually wrapped in foil

    Juice of 1 1/2 lemons, or to taste

    100ml extra-virgin olive oil

    150g beef salami, thickly sliced

    1/4 cup (loosely packed) oregano

    2 tbsp red grape vinegar, or to taste

    To serve: thick slices of char-grilled sourdough


  • Preheat oven to 220 C.

    Combine beans, chicken stock and 500ml cold water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook until beans are tender and liquid is almost evaporated, 45-50 mins, drain, reserving cooking liquid.

    Roast garlic on an oven tray until very tender, 40-45 mins.

    When cool enough to handle, squeeze cloves from skins into a bowl (discard skins).

    Reserve 1/2 cup of beans to serve and process the rest with garlic, lemon juice and 50ml extra-virgin olive oil in a food processor until smooth, season generously to taste.

    Thin slightly with a little reserved cooking liquid if too thick.

    Transfer to a saucepan.

    Heat remaining olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add salami and stir occasionally, until it starts to crisp at the edges, 2-3 mins.

    Remove pan from heat, add oregano and vinegar (be careful, hot oil will spit), stir to combine and season to taste.

    Warm white bean pure gently over low heat, stirring continuously.

    Spread onto char-grilled slices of sourdough, scatter reserved beans over, top with fried salami and serve hot.