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White Bean and Sweet Potato Appetizer Canapés

If you are looking for something unusual, what about making these wonderful little tartlets. You can forget the tartlet shells and leave the bean mixture cooking for a couple of hours on low for a hearty stew or cook it for forty five minutes and the beans will stay whole, making it perfect as a tartlet filling. Sweet potatoes, garlic, ham, celery and more are added to the white beans, to give the tartlet filling plenty of flavor, texture, and crunch. These tartlets are easy to make because you just cook everything together in the slow cooker. You can use dried beans for this and feel free to switch the white beans for red beans or any other ones you like.

The garam masala adds a nice Indian flavor to the white bean mixture. This ingredient is a mixture of different spices, although the exact recipe differs between brands and regions. Common garam masala ingredients include cloves, black cumin, black and white peppercorns, coriander seeds, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and Malabar leaves, so you can imagine how flavorful it is.

As with some of our other easy crockpot appetizer recipes, these tartlets can either be served warm or chilled. They are really good both ways. Leave out the ham if you want to make a vegetarian crockpot appetizer recipe or use pancetta, bacon or another finely chopped meat instead if you like.

Easy Ham and White Bean Tartlets
Summary: Served in tartlet shells or vol-au-vent cases, the white bean and sweet potato mixture offers a flavorful appetizer. Garlic and spices enhance the flavor and appeal further.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Crockpot Appetizer
Serves: 8
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  • 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 finely chopped white onion
  • ½ cup chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 lb dried white beans
  • 14 oz can vegetable broth
  • 2 peeled, finely chopped sweet potatoes
  • 2 finely chopped celery stalks
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 tartlet shells or small vol-au-vent cases
  • 6 cups water
  1. Add the garlic, onion, broth, sweet potatoes, celery, olive oil, and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  2. Soak the beans by putting them in a big pot with 6 cups of water and bringing it to a boil.
  3. Boil them for a few minutes, and then let them soak in the hot water for an hour.
  4. Drain them and add them to the slow cooker.
  5. Add enough water to the crockpot to cover everything by an inch.
  6. Cook on high for 5 hours. Add the ham, garam masala, and salt.
  7. Stir and cook on low for 45 minutes.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mixture to a bowl, and then use the white bean mixture to fill the tartlet shells or vol-au-vent cases.

Photo Description:

These elegant white bean tartlets will disappear quickly at your next get-together or party. You can just imagine how fast your interested guests will reach out to help themselves to one of these tasty little snacks. White beans, ham, onion and more are used to make these delectable little snacks and you can see from the photo how cute they are. If you are catering for a buffet you will have a variety of dishes to make so why not use your crockpot to its full potential, allowing this wonderful bean mixture to cook in there without having to look at it or stir it, and then you can concentrate on other things?

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