Rosemary oil adds rich flavor and color to this earthy appetizer dip. If you are short on time, top instead with kosher salt and olive oil.
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 cans (15 oz. each) white beans (Great Northern, cannellini, or white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, rinsed
How to Make It
In a 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir half the olive oil and the 2 cloves garlic until fragrant, being careful not to brown garlic, about 1 minute. Pour the oil and garlic into a food processor. Wipe out the pan and set aside.
Add white beans, lemon juice, and salt to the food processor and whirl until smooth. Pour into a serving bowl.
Return the frying pan to medium heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the rosemary sprigs. Warm the rosemary in the olive oil until fragrant, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so the rosemary doesn't burn. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.
Set the rosemary aside and drizzle the olive oil over the bean dip. Mince one teaspoon of the rosemary leaves and sprinkle over the dip.
Party short-cut: Use the white bean dip as the foundation for an abundant tray of store-bought snacks, including hummus and baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, carrot sticks, and other vegetables. Serve with breadsticks, pita chips, and a thinly sliced baguette.
Do-ahead tips: Make dip up to 2 days ahead. Store dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring dip to room temperature before serving. Prepare the rosemary oil right before serving.
This was so yummy, I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow with lunch! I made as directed, but added a bit less salt. I think next time I might add more garlic. The rosemary-infused olive oil was the perfect finishing touch. I served the dip with squares of rustic bread, mini carrots, red pepper slices, and cucumber rounds. Paired beautifully with Sauvignon Blanc.
Very easy and very good. I made the dip itself the day before, then made the oil just before serving as recommended. I used the recommended amount of oil, but it seems like my rosemary "sprigs" soaked most of it up. In the end, I was left with very little to drizzle on top of the beans. Maybe my definition of "sprig" was a little off? Despite that, I got rave reviews for this simple appetizer, served with baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and melba toasts.
If you find the recipe is too salty, you may have mistakenly used
table salt. If you substitute table salt, it is recommended to use about
half of the amount of kosher salt called for in a recipe. Kosher salt is larger grained, lighter and flakier so it takes up more space when you measure by volume instead of weight.