Food, Main courses, Recipes

Posh beans and cheese on toast: two ways

February 20, 2015
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes you just can’t beat good old fashioned Heinz beans on toast with some tangy, extra mature cheddar (my favourite is Davistow). However, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself with something a bit fancier. 

These “posh” beans and cheese on toast are a great little addition to a lunch or brunch. Serve on a platter on half slices of bread for guests to help themselves. 
Each recipe will be enough to cover two slices of bread and are easy enough to scale to your liking. 
Tomato beans and and Parmesan
Olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 tin pre cooked beans (I used cannellini) drained and rinsed
Chopped fresh basil
Parmesan and parsley to serve
Add some olive oil into a pan and sautéed some chopped garlic until fragrant. Add in the fennel seeds, and cook for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened and season with salt and pepper. 
Add the beans and cook for about 5 minutes until heated through, stir in the basil and serve on slices of toast topped with Parmesan and parsley. 
Garlic white beans and ricotta with spinach
Olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 tin of pre cooked white beans (I used cannellini beans) drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon of ricotta
Handful of baby spinach
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt and pepper 
Parsley to serve 
Heat the oil in a pot and add in the crushed garlic and sauté for a minute. Add in the beans and cook for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Using a potato masher, give the beans a few mashes so there are still about half intact. Remove from the heat and add in the ricotta and stir. 
While the beans are cooking, wilt the spinach in a separate pan and stir into the beans. Add plenty black pepper, a little salt and the lemon juice. 
Spread on toast with a little black pepper and chopped parsley. 


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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This definitely puts any beans on toast I have ever made before to shame.. love both ways and will have to make them!

    • Laura

      They are a little more involved it definitely taste more delicious!

  • Sarah James

    Your posh beans on toast look delicious & I love your photos.

    • Laura

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Raquel @ My California Roots

    I have never made beans on toast but now I want them so bad! These look soooo good and beans are probably my favorite food group ever. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Laura

      You definitely should! It’s usually a British quick and easy comfort food with Heinz baked beans and cheddar cheese (which I highly recommend too) but this is a nice light option!

  • Kathryn

    Mmm mm this looks so implement to prepare and so tasty! I’ve never heard of beans on toast before but I have a feeling I’ll be a big fan from now on :)

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • Laura

      Thanks! It’s definitely a very British dish but you should definitely give it a try! :) x

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  • Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    I love beans on toast – and yours look definitely very posh! Think they would also make yummy filling for baked sweet potatoes… Yum! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • Laura

      Thanks Lucy and thanks for the feature! I definitely agree about using these as a sweet potato filling, I hadn’t thought of that but it sounds delicious!