White bean dip is super versatile, and this easy dip recipe can be used in a variety of dishes. Bean dip makes a handy spread for a crostini or sandwich, a healthy dip for chips or vegetables, or as a bean puree to serve as a dinner side for meat, fish, or vegetarian meals.
Bean Dip Recipe Ingredients
2 15oz cans of WHITE BEANS (rinsed and drained)
16 oz MUSHROOMS (chopped)
5-10 cloves GARLIC (chopped)
½ cup ROMANO CHEESE (I like to use freshly grated Romano, Parmesan, or Asiago cheeses)
1 medium to large size LEMON, juice and zest
½ tsp RED PEPPER FLAKES (or use fresh peppers)
3-4 Tbsp WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
SALT and PEPPER to taste
2-3 Tbsp of dark, rich OLIVE OIL
Garnish dip with tomato, olives, capers, fresh herbs, etc.
How To Make a Bean Dip Recipe
I like to use canned beans.
You can use your favorite beans, or a mixture of bean types.
I prefer white beans for this recipe, like Navy or Cannellini.
- Heat oil in a pot on medium heat for sauteing.
- Add in the chopped garlic and red pepper flakes; stir the garlic for a few minutes until it begins to color.
- Add in a bit of black pepper, and the chopped mushrooms, and continue sauteing.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce.
- Continue cooking for 3 or 4 minutes; the mushrooms will cook down quite quickly.
- Add in the beans and maybe ½ cup of water or broth. Be conservative when adding liquid; the finished bean dip will be best thicker, rather than thinner.
- Raise the heat to medium high, cover, and simmer beans for about 5 minutes.
- Uncover, reduce the heat, and continue simmering until the liquid has cooked down and the bean mix thickens.
- Turn off the burner.
- Stir in the cheese until it melts into the beans. Use freshly grated cheese for best results.
- Add the zest and juice of one medium to large lemon, and 2-3 Tbsp of dark olive oil.
- Mix into the beans and cheese.
- Transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until the bean dip is smooth,
or use a hand mixer and blend dip in the cooking pot.
- Give it a taste test and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Set dip aside to cool a bit.
This bean dip can be served warm or cold, although it’s especially tasty warm.
Use it as a dip for chips or sliced veggies; it pairs particularly well with thick tortilla chips.
Use this bean dip as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise, or as a crostini topping.
White bean dip will pair nicely as a puree for fish or meat entrees.
Great as a party or dinner appetizer or just as a movie watching snack.
Give this easy bean dip recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!
And for another creamy, beany option, check out this Healthy Hummus Recipe.
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