Mozzarella and Ciabatta Sticks with Basil and Garlic Borlotti Beans

Easy cheesy skewers and garlicky borlotti beans make a great hassle-free starter or light lunch from Lesley Waters
By Lesley Waters
Mozzarella and Ciabatta Sticks with Basil and Garlic Borlotti Beans
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the mozzarella and ciabatta sticks

  • 2x100 g balls mozzarella, drained
  • 2 loaves sfilatino, (mini Italian style bread)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the borlotti beans

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juice
  • 1x410 g tinned borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
  • basil
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper


Cut each ball of mozzarella in half and thickly slice each half into 4 semi circles.

2. Cut each bread stick into 10 pieces.

3. Take 4 skewers and thread 5 bread pieces and 4 pieces of mozzarella, alternately onto each skewer, starting and finishing each with a slice of bread. Transfer to a baking tray and set to one side.

4. Preheat the grill to its highest setting.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Fry gently for 4-5 minutes, until softened but not coloured.

6. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

7. Stir in the lemon juice and zest, a further 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the borlotti beans.

8. Add the basil, season to taste and heat gently.

9. Drizzle each mozzarella skewer with a little olive oil and season.

10. Place under the hot grill and grill for 1 minute on each side, until the bread is golden and the cheese just beginning to melt. Serve straight from the grill with the dressed borlotti beans.

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