For a healthy party dip option, try my easy Garlicky White Bean Dip. It’s a simple and delicious dip to serve along with other appetizers on a buffet table or on its own as an appetizer prior to a main course.
One of my absolute favorite restaurant dips is the White Bean Dip at the swanky Italian restaurant Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Lupo di Mare’s white bean dip is comprised of white beans, roasted garlic, truffle oil, lemon zest, and served with crostini. My Garlicky White Bean Dip is a bit thinner and tangier in taste than Lupo di Mare’s version. I like them both.
I prefer to use cannellini beans in my white bean dip. You can also add garbanzo beans if you have them on hand.
To make my simple Garlicky White Bean Dip, just put some drained canned white beans, lemon juice and zest, garlic cloves, balsamic vinegar, honey and a touch of fresh or dried thyme into your food processor.
Add some olive oil as the dip is processing.
Process until smooth.
Season with salt and refrigerate for up to three days.
Serve with some toasted pita chips, toasted baguette slices or a raw veggie tray. And top it with a drizzle of truffle oil and fresh lemon zest at serving time for some extra decadence.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Garlicky White Bean Dip
3 cans (about 14 oz. each) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Zest of one lemon (zest the whole lemon before cutting the zested lemon in half to juice it)
Juice of half a lemon, seeds removed from juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled, or 1/4 c roasted garlic cloves
1 t white balsamic vinegar
1 t dried thyme or 1/2 T fresh thyme (leaves only)
1 T honey
4 T olive oil
Salt, to taste
Truffle Oil, for light drizzle at serving time (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients except the olive oil and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the olive oil as the mixture gets smoother. Season with salt, to taste.
2. If the dip is too thick for your liking, you can add a bit more lemon juice. If your dip is too thin, add some more beans. The dip will thicken slightly as it chills in the refrigerator.
3. Chill in a non-metallic container for a few hours or until ready to serve. The longer the dip sits in the fridge, the better the flavors will enhance.
Makes about 1.5 cups of dip. Serve with pita chips, crackers, thinly sliced baguette, toasted baguette, or an assortment of crudités.
Variations: You can also use this garlicky white bean dip as a spread for a tortilla wrap or sandwich. Try with oil-packed canned tuna, roasted red pepper slices, and some diced kalamata olives on a toasty baguette for a Mediterranean-style sandwich. Or, you can add 1 roasted red pepper, seeded and cored, to the white bean dip ingredients before processing and omit the lemon juice. The roasted red pepper adds a gorgeous reddish tinge to the white bean dip.
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