One quest that never ends for a cook is the search for ways to make common side dishes seem a little more special. Here we’re coating the beans with a crispy, cheesy, pleasantly-gritty bread crumb mixture. This was inspired by a similar trick I like to use for finishing pastas, and if there’s one thing I know about people, it’s they like crispy and crunchy toppings.
Heat garlic olive oil, bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture resembles wet sand and is fragrant, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in remaining Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until golden brown and crunchy, about 1 minute more. Transfer bread crumbs to a plate.
Return skillet to heat; cook and stir white beans, olive oil, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and salt in hot skillet until beans are heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir parsley and breadcrumbs to taste into beans; toss to coat.
Per Serving: 754 calories; protein 25.2g; carbohydrates 76.1g; fat 39.7g; cholesterol 8.8mg; sodium 464.8mg.