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Posted on Feb 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Instant Italian

Instant Italian

Dip is fun.  It even makes eating raw vegetables seem like less of an imposition.

This is a versatile dip worthy of a kids’ lunch or an Italian cocktail party.

Here’s all you need:

1 can cannellini beans
1 clove chopped garlic (or less if your kids’ tongues aren’t flame retardant like mine)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 t sea salt
1/8 t pepper
1/4 c fresh basil (would also be benissimo with rosemary instead)
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes (for the cocktail party, not the kids)
juice from half a lemon

Drain and rinse one can of cannellini beans. Plop the beans into a food processor. Add all the rest of the ingredients.

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Process until mostly smooth. Adjust seasonings.

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Spoon into bowl, top with basil chiffonade, a few crushed red peppers, and a swirl of olive oil.

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Serve with buttered, toasted pita bread.

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I use a comal to toast mine up but any pan, or even a toaster oven, will work fine.

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It’s a kid pleasing dip…

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…that’s good enough for book club! (Do people do those anymore? Well, if they do, they could serve this while reading Extra Virgin: Amongst the Olive Groves of Liguria).

Buon Appetito!

Here’s the printable version:

Instant Italian Dip
 
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Robustly flavored, hearty, healthy dip.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 clove chopped garlic (or less if your kids' tongues aren't flame retardant like mine)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t sea salt
  • ⅛ t pepper
  • ¼ c fresh basil (would also be benissimo with rosemary instead)
  • ⅛ t crushed red pepper flakes (for the cocktail party, not the kids)
  • juice from half a lemon
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse one can of cannellini beans. Plop the beans into a food processor. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Process until mostly smooth. Adjust seasonings.
  2. Spoon into bowl, top with basil chiffonade, a few crushed red peppers, and a swirl of extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Serve with buttered, toasted pita bread.

 

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