A very easy condiment that you can put together in less than 10 minutes. A delicious alternative to hummus that pairs well with most vegetables and sandwiches.
This recipe is great served on some toasted bread and topped with caramelised onion and some leafy greens or as a side with a fresh bowl of green vegetables. You can pair it with some vegetable dipping sticks such as carrots, celery and cucumber or just drizzle it with olive oil and eat it with a spoon (what I did straight after making it). Enjoy!
Where to find the ingredients and what to look for?
The main things to note about this recipe is it uses a mix of canned beans and soaked nuts. Canned cannellini beans are a non-perishable I always have in my kitchen as they are a healthy and creamy addition to salads and dips and come together easy when you don't have time to cook the beans.
The ingredients section of the nutrition label (back of the can) should say Beans & Water. You can also find organic chickpeas that are canned in water (with no salt or additives). Look for the organic labels in your supermarket aisles. In Sydney, my recommendation is Honest to Goodness.
For a creamy result and for when you have time, soak the almonds for 1 hour in warm to hot water. Rinse and drain and then blend before adding remaining ingredients.
If you're a garlic fan, roast 2 heads rather than 1 to intensify the flavour profile of the dip. If you are sensitive to garlic, don't fret. Roasted garlic breaks down its chemical properties enough to make it easier to digest. Roasting garlic brings out the sweetness through the caramelisation process, and unlike raw garlic, it will melt in your mouth like butter.
Things to remember
There are a few things that could go wrong when using canned beans and almonds so if you're reading this, take note:
Ensure your almonds are blanched (without the skin) and soaked. Then rinse and drain. If you don't have time to soak them, cook them in hot water for a few minutes and then place them in your blender first with 1/2 cup of hot water and blend until smooth. Do this before adding other ingredients to ensure you don't get a clumpy dip.
When you open your white bean can, rinse and drain thoroughly. This will ensure the starch that has accumulated in the can does not come through as a flavour in your dip.
A quick white bean dip, with a hint of sweet, caramelised garlic. Organic, canned, white beans and extra virgin olive oil. Ready in 10 minutes for a snack or to add to your dinner spread.
Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip
Time: 10 Minutes Yield: 2 Cups, 8 Serves
2 Cans White Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Blanched Almonds
1 Large Head of Garlic
3 Tbsp lemon juice
5 Tbsp olive oil
1 pinch of nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup hot water
1. Put a head of garlic in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 200 degrees until soft. You will know it's ready when you can smell the garlic caramelising. This might take longer if you don't wrap the garlic in baking paper or foil but it works either way.
2. Rinse your almonds if they have been soaking and blend until smooth. If they have not been soaking, cook on stovetop or in microwave for a few minutes until water is hot and then rinse and drain before blending. Add 1/2 cup of water to blend.
3. Rinse and drain your cannellini beans and add to your blender. Do not blend.
4. Remove roasted garlic from oven. Cut the base off and squeeze the garlic out of the head and into your blender. Add remaining ingredients.
5. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
6. Taste and continue to blend and taste, adding more seasoning where required.
Note: The recommended quantities in the ingredients above will produce a fresh dip with a hint of roasted garlic and lemon. For stronger flavours you can add or reduce the ingredients and make it work for your palette. For example, if you are not a fan of lemon, omit lemon and add more garlic, water and salt.
Average Quantity per Serving Serving Size: 50g
Energy 449 kJ
Fat, total 7.1g
- saturated 0.8g
- sugars 1.2g
* Created with foodstandards.gov.au Nutrition Panel Calculator. Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on quantities used and served.