A super easy white bean dried tomato dip recipe that's so good no one will realize how healthy it is! Full of garlic and tomato flavored oil, this wonderfully flavored dip is a great option for parties and BBQs.
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This recipe for white bean dried tomato dip was a pleasant surprise when I created it. It was a case of use what you have and you may come up with something really good.
Our menu had called for hummus which I'm usually able to make because my recipe calls for sesame seeds instead of tahini. However, I realized that I had already used my frozen garbanzo beans - and you really can't make hummus without garbanzos.
Even me, the queen of substitutions, draws the line there.
I did have a ton of white beans and we like a good white bean dip, so I thought I'd just make a white bean version of hummus. Then I found I didn't have lemon juice and realized I'd have to admit defeat and come up with a totally different dip.
It happens to the best of us sometimes.
As I spied a jar of my oil-packed dried tomatoes I had a "light-bulb moment" at the thought of mixing them with the white beans. And some garlic.
You know how everyone says everything is better with bacon? Well, I pretty much think everything is better with garlic.
But I feel that way with bacon, too, so my comparison still works. (I just can't do the dessert-bacon thing that is all the rage. I.just.can't.)
Anyway...after adding garlic, salt and pepper to the white beans and tomatoes, the resulting dip was out-of-this-world. Or as my daughter said, "Ahhhhmaaazing!"
White Bean Dried Tomato Dip
- white beans
- oil packed dried tomatoes
- olive oil from tomatoes
- salt, pepper
Yep, so simple. The best kind of recipes, right?
Thankfully, the directions are just as simple as the ingredients. Dump all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and whir until smooth.
Add water to get a consistency you like and scrape into a serving bowl.
Serve with vegetables, chips, and/or crackers for a first course, light lunch, appetizer meal, or snack.
Seriously, I can't believe how good this is, how easy, and with just a few ingredients! Plus I love having another recipe to use my dried tomatoes.
This is a keeper recipe for sure. I'd love for you to try it and let me know if you agree!
White Bean Dried Tomato Dip
- Food Processor
- 2 cups cooked white beans
- 1/2 cup oil packed dried tomatoes (rehydrate if using non-oil-packed tomatoes)
- 4 cloves garlic peeled
- 3 tablespoons olive oil from tomatoes (regular oil if using rehydrated tomatoes)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 to 3 tablespoons water as needed for desired consistency
- Place all the ingredients, except the water, into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for a minute or until all the ingredients are starting to blend together.
- With the motor running, add the water through the shoot, 1 tablespoon at a time, letting the motor run until the dip turns reddish from the tomatoes and the consistency is smoother. Add more water if needed to reach the desired consistency.
- Scrape into a bowl and serve with cut vegetables and chips, crackers, or bread for dipping.
Other easy appetizers to try:
- Simple Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe
- Quick & Easy Roasted Corn Salsa (using frozen corn)
- Quick Low Carb Pickled Bean Roll-Up Appetizer
- Homemade Hummus Made With Sesame Seeds (Homemade Tahini)
This recipe has been updated - it was originally published in April of 2012.
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