Butter bean pâté with melba toast

This speedy pâté is ready in 15 minutes, the perfect last minute starter

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:5 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 149
  • fat 3g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 1.31g


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 400g can butter beans, drained
  • 4 tbsp soured cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus sprigs to garnish
  • 4 thin slices white bread


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then gently cook the shallot and garlic for 5 mins until softened. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the butter beans, then mash together until roughly puréed. Stir in the soured cream, parsley and seasoning. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

  2. Meanwhile, place the slices of bread under a medium grill and gently toast on both sides until light golden. Cut off the crusts and, using a long, sharp knife, split the bread in half, through the centre. Place the bread, untoasted-side up, under a low grill until it curls into a crisp, golden shell. Serve with the butter bean pâté and a sprig of parsley.

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