Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easy appetizer: white bean dip

I’ve had a package of large dried white beans in the pantry for a little while and have been thinking about making a bean salad with them. That was until I saw a package of hand-made artisanal crackers at the specialty store and couldn't resist them. And they were calling for a white bean dip.

I love dips and spreads. If I had my choice I’d have a mezze platter every day of the week with hummus, babaganouj, some cured meats, some olives, and a maybe and artichoke or bean dip!

Making a dip doesn’t take much time – most of the time is inactive time. Make sure you buy dried beans from somewhere that has a reasonably high turnover – you don’t want old beans, which will take longer to cook and yield a less pleasing result.

White bean dip

1 lb dried white beans such as cannellini beans
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Sea salt
Italian flat leaf parsley for garnish

Soak beans overnight in a generous amount of cold water. Rinse and pick out any debris. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, sauté onion and garlic with thyme in a few tablespoons of olive oil until onions are translucent. Add beans and cold water to cover beans by a few inches. Bring to a full boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until beans are tender 1-2 hours. Remove thyme.

Drain beans and place in blender with ¼ cup olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Purée, adding additional olive oil slowly to adjust texture as desired. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley, sea salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.


Ashley said...

This looks great! I don't used dried beans too often, but this will be a nice way to start :)

Junglefrog said...

Fabulous idea to get rid of all my beans... I have a large stack of various beans that I used for a photoshoot once and this is a perfect recipe for some of them! I love the photo too. I always struggle a bit with photos from top as it is hard to place all the ingredients at the right position but this looks very natural and beautiful! Great combination of colors too!

A G Photography said...

The photo is gorgeous, I agree with Junglefrog, it's very hard to get so great light in a shot from above.
The recipe is something I'll also have to try, I have too a packet of dried beans resting in the cupboard.

Liska said...

Beautiful presentation. I just love your photos and recipes.

Kasey said...

I adore white beans--they're so flavorful and creamy. I will definitely have to make this for a potluck or party.

liz @ zested said...

What a beautiful photo - it takes such a simple subject and gives it such rich textures. I'll definitely be stopping back!

skrockodile (sabra) said...

Thanks for all of the comments. I just love white beans! And I'm seeing them everywhere - in soups and cold bean salads with red onion. . .hmmm...

Nicole (Cooking After Five) said...

I make white bean dip all the time...sometimes as a substitute for dinner if I'm really lazy. :-) Your photos are wonderful!

Sophie said...

Beautiful presentation!! Treally beautiful!! You know a few things about photography!

A bean dip is always a success!!

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