Rosemary Lemon White Bean Dip

 
 This dip is a quick and simple way to make use of white beans. The grated lemon zest is key - it gives the dip a candied tartness, which compliments the earthy notes of muddled rosemary. For something a little sweeter, try using zest from Meyer lemons! Serve the final mixture alongside pita chips or a medley of simply roasted vegetables - the first bite will make you wonder what you've been doing all this time with those cans of beans in the back of your pantry.

This dip is a quick and simple way to make use of white beans. The grated lemon zest is key - it gives the dip a candied tartness, which compliments the earthy notes of muddled rosemary. For something a little sweeter, try using zest from Meyer lemons! Serve the final mixture alongside pita chips or a medley of simply roasted vegetables - the first bite will make you wonder what you've been doing all this time with those cans of beans in the back of your pantry.

Adapted from Mark Bittman on The New York Times

| Yield: 2 cups | Time: 10 minutes if you use cooked beans |

 
 

 
 

Ingredients

2 cups cooked white beans, drained but moist

1 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

Grated rind of 2 lemons

 

Preparation

Cook's Note: The secret to this puree, is grated lemon zest... And though its most obvious use is as a dip, it can also form the basis of a wonderful sandwich. Or serve it at the center of a plate of lightly and simply cooked vegetables.

Put the beans in the container of a food processor with 1 clove of garlic and two pinches of salt. Begin pulsing. Add the ¼ cup olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube and continue processing until the mixture is smooth.

Taste, and add more garlic if you like. Then, puree the mixture again.

Place the mixture in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to beat in the fresh rosemary, lemon zest and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

Add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 
 

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