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.