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Quick Walnut Pâté Sandwiches with Pears and Arugula

Pears add a sweet, juicy crunch to sandwiches—try them in place of tomatoes or other veggies.

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Pears add a sweet, juicy crunch to sandwiches—try them in place of tomatoes or other veggies.

Servings
8

Ingredients

Walnut pâté

  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans or 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil

Sandwiches

  • 16 slices whole-grain bread
  • 4 large jarred roasted red bell peppers, rinsed, drained, and halved
  • 2 large Anjou, Bartlett, or Concorde pears, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula

Preparation

1. To make Walnut Pâté: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts on baking sheet, and toast in oven 7 to 10 minutes, or until browned, shaking pan occasionally.

2. Transfer walnuts to bowl of food processor; add beans, lemon juice, garlic, oil, and 1/4 cup water. Purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. To make Sandwiches: Spread each of 8 bread slices with 3 Tbs. Walnut Pâté. Top each with red bell pepper half, 2 pear slices, and 1/4 cup arugula. Spread remaining 8 bread slices wih 1 Tbs. Walnut Pâté. Place on top of sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 318
  • Carbohydrate Content 44 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 9 g
  • Protein Content 12 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 453 mg
  • Sugar Content 11 g