White Bean Dip

I've been meaning to make white bean dip for ages. Somewhere between hummus and refried beans, this stuff is so freaking good. My favorite tapas place in Boston always serves some variation of it, along with a warm, crusty baguette, before every meal. I had to attempt to duplicate it.

The first time I tried to make a batch, I got hopelessly distracted while chatting with my roommates and added 2 tablespoons of salt instead of 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Instead of just dumping the mixture down the garbage disposal right then and there, I tried to save it by adding another can of beans. Unless I had been willing to add maybe 6 more cans of beans (and had a bigger food processor to hold said beans), this was unsalvageable. Oh well.

Take two: I made it with red kidney beans instead of white, because my grocery store was somehow completely out of white beans. Weird. But - the resulting dip was really good, and very similar to the white variety.

And finally, take three, which you see above, was made with white beans. And this recipe:

1 can white kidney beans (cannellini), drained
1-2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice (not salt!)
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Puree everything together in a food processor. Done!

Add your favorite seasonings to make it your own. And try roasting the garlic beforehand for a smoother flavor.

We had this on Valentine's Day with some crusty bread (my favorite dipping mechanism), but for an even more nutritious option, dip veggies.

Like the heart-shaped dip bowls? Yes, they are somewhat tacky but perfect for dips, condiments, and candy! They're by Zak Designs, my favorite cutesy kitchenware designer.

So to sum up a rambling post: white bean dip = easy, quick, yummy, and nutritious. I pretty much never hit all four of those at once.


  1. Have you seen the "dessert hummus" going around blog world? I want you to try it and be my taste tester! http://www.thewannabechef.net/2011/01/11/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-dessert-hummus/

  2. Oooh I've heard mention of dessert hummus but never looked into it. This recipe intrigues me - I will have to try!


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