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Pureed White Bean Dip Recipe

June 16th, 2013 by alice  Tags: , , , | Print This Post Print This Post

INGREDIENTS

  1. 2cupsdried white beans(navy, pea, or great northern)
  2. 6cupssalt water(or 3 cups water/3 cups vegetable stock)
  3. 1/3cupextra virgin olive oil(or less)
  4. 1/3cupfresh lemon juice
  5. 4clovesgarlic, pressed
  6. 1/2teaspoonground cumin
  7. salt and pepper, to taste
  8. 1/4teaspooncayenne
  9. 2tablespoonscapers
  10. 2tablespoonsolive oil, mixed with
  11. 1/2teaspoonpaprika
  12. lemon wedges
  13. warmedpita bread, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the beans overnight and then drain them.
  2. Cover with 6 cups of salted water and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer until tender.
  4. It can take one to several hours, depending on how fresh the beans are.
  5. When beans are soft, drain them, reserving the cooking liquid.
  6. You should have about 5 or 6 cups of beans.
  7. Using a blender or food processor, puree the beans with the oil, lemon juice and garlic.
  8. Add a little of the reserved cooking liquied if necessary for a creamy and smooth consistency.
  9. Add the cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
  10. Spread the dip in a shallow dish or serve in individual small bowls.
  11. Garnish with a sprinkling of capers and a drizzle of the paprika-olive oil.
  12. Serve with lemon wedges and warm pita bread.

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