May 15, 2009

Easy Entertaining: White Bean Spread

White Bean Spread

When you need to make something tasty to serve guests at a party, it's nice to have simple and inexpensive dishes in your repertoire. It really doesn't get much simpler than opening a can and seasoning to taste.

White Bean Spread

1-15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon basil chiffonade
1 tablespoon parsley (I used both flat-leaf and curly)
3 cloves garlic confit (if you use raw garlic, 1 clove should be plenty)
juice of ½ large lemon
½ sea salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Put everything except the olive oil into the work bowl of a food processor and purée until smooth. While the processor is running, drizzle the olive oil in until you've reached the desired consistency.

Serve as a dip with pita bread, or as a spread on crostini.

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