Woo Hoo! It’s the first “official” long holiday party weekend of the year!!! What are you going to be doing? Throwing a party? Going to a party? Kicking your feet up and just chillin’? Working and hating everyone doing the aforementioned activities? I’ll be doing a bit of both of those last things on the list. I know, how boring. Whattayagonnado? I’ve got loads of shiz that’s just piled up and I’ve just got to wo-man up and get it done. But for those of you doing the party thing, here’s a quick and tasty party food recipe you can whip up and take to any little gathering you may be attending. Yes, this is a white bean dip that looks a little orangey. It’s supposed to. Read on and you’ll find out why.
Before I get into the specifics behind the bean dip recipe, I just wanted to take a second to say something. Yeah, I know…that’s what a blog is…a place for me to say something…blah blah blah. For the next month, or so, I intend to post easy recipes that don’t require a lot of time (or ingredients) to make. The days, while being longer, seem to be shorter this time of year because we’re all trying to cram in as much activity as possible so we can enjoy the sunlight and great weather. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen? Not me! I’m also going to try to include lots of recipes for party food. This is the time of year when it seems like there’s a party on the schedule every weekend. Between graduations and “just because” there’s always somewhere to be rushing off to. These party food recipes will also be easy to whip up and take with you. Please feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail me, if you have any requests for party food or home recipes that you’d like to see. I’ve spent a lot of time with some professional chefs learning loads of shortcuts to cut down preparation time while retaining all the good flavors you’re looking for.
OK, soapbox kicked out of the way.
This white bean dip recipe gets its red/orange color from the addition of a couple of tablespoons of that delicious caramelized tomato sauce I posted on Tuesday. I had a delicious white bean dip at this cute little Italian restaurant a couple of weeks ago and while it was delicious in its simplicity, I thought it just needed a bit more flavor. Hence, the tomato sauce addition.
I suppose I should also tell you that this bean dip recipe isn’t really much of a recipe at all. It’s kind of a taste and adjust kinda thing. So you really can make it to your liking. The list of ingredients, and measurements, that I am listing here are merely a suggestion. Want more garlic kick? Add it. Less tomato? Leave it out. However you make your dip, you’ll be amazed at how simple and delicious it can be.
So what are you doing this weekend? Whip up a bowl of this Tuscan white bean dip and make it a party no matter what you’re doing.
- 1 15 Ounce Can Great Northern White Beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 Tablespoons Caramelized Tomato Sauce
- 1 Clove Garlic (roughly chopped)
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Add beans, tomato sauce and garlic to bowl of food processor.
- Buzz until beans begin to break down.
- While processing, drizzle in olive oil. (Add as much oil as you like to achieve consistency you want. I like my bean dip a little thinner, so I add a bit more oil.)
- Stop processing and give it a taste. Add salt and pepper to taste and buzz again.
- Serve with vegetables, bread or crackers. (or all of the above)
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