Rosemary Lemon White Bean Dip

 
The grated lemon zest gives this dip a candied tartness and complements the earthy notes of muddled rosemary. For something a little sweeter, try using zest from Meyer lemons. Serve the final mixture with pita chips or on top of  roasted vegetables . Photo credit:  Pixabay

The grated lemon zest gives this dip a candied tartness and complements the earthy notes of muddled rosemary. For something a little sweeter, try using zest from Meyer lemons. Serve the final mixture with pita chips or on top of roasted vegetables. Photo credit: Pixabay

Adapted from Mark Bittman on The New York Times

| Yield: 2 cups | Time: 10 minutes if you use cooked beans |

 
 

 
 

Ingredients

2 cups cooked white beans, drained but moist

1 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

Grated rind of 2 lemons

 

Preparation

Cook's Note: The secret to this puree, is grated lemon zest... And though its most obvious use is as a dip, it can also form the basis of a wonderful sandwich. Or serve it at the center of a plate of lightly and simply cooked vegetables.

Put the beans in the container of a food processor with 1 clove of garlic and two pinches of salt. Begin pulsing. Add the ¼ cup olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube and continue processing until the mixture is smooth.

Taste, and add more garlic if you like. Then, puree the mixture again.

Place the mixture in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to beat in the fresh rosemary, lemon zest and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

Add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 
 

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