Dip of the Day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper, Garlic and Cannellini Bean Dip


This dip is SO good and worth the effort!  Ever since I tried Giada De Laurentiis' white bean and garlic dip I've been hooked on dips with white beans.  They smell so gross in the can, but taste so delicious in a dip.  I could eat this stuff all day. 
Goes great with toasted pita bread, vegetables, crackers, etc.

Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 whole garlic bulb, cut in half
1 large red pepper, cut in half, seeds removed
1 19oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil, more for brushing
1/2 cup basil, chopped finely
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Drizzle the top of the garlic bulbs with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Wrap garlic in some tin foil and roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes until fragrant and tender. When the garlic has cooled, squeeze out the garlic cloves and set aside.

3. Increase temperature of oven to 500 degrees or broil.

4. On a cookie sheet, place red pepper and drizzle it with olive oil. Make sure each pepper half is well coated in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Char the pepper halves in the oven, turning them until the skin is completely charred. Place peppers in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The steam will loosen the skins. When the peppers are cool, scrape the skins off with a knife and set aside.

5. In a food processor, combine the beans with the reserved red peppers, roasted garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Process until the mixture is smooth.

6. Add the basil and pulse until it is mixed into the dip.

7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


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8 comments

  1. You can never have too many recipes for bean dip! I go through tons of it, so it's great to try new versions and flavor combinations. Love the sound of this one, and the red pepper gives it such nice color. :)

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  2. I think I just died and went to bean dip heaven! Can't wait to try this, it looks delicious :)

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  3. I finished the last batch of it today. I'm obsessed!

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  4. oh yumm. that looks so rich and tasty!

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  5. How could this not be good with these wonderful ingredients!? I am bookmarking this one and will be trying it soon - it looks and sounds fabulous!

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  7. Love the roasted garlic in this creamy bean dip!

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  8. My, that looks good! I love all of the ingredients, I'm sure they're great blended together!

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