Now that spring is just about here, it’s party time – well at least for us. We LOVE having people over for get-togethers, but of course that means I need to whip up lots of snacks for my guests. This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite. It is perfect with mildly seasoned pita chips or veggie platters.
White Bean Dip with Seasoned Pita Chips
Here’s what you need:
Seasoned Pita Chips:
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
White Bean Dip:
- 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 2 – 3 large fresh sage leaves
- 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 T. high-quality extra virgin olive oil
- Dash cayenne pepper
Pro Tip: A little bit of fresh sage goes a long way. If you aren’t sure how much to use, start with a small amount. Then taste and add more, if desired.
Here’s what you do:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each pita into 8 equal-sized wedges. Lightly brush pita wedges with olive oil on both sides and place on lined baking sheet.
- Season pita with salt and pepper before placing in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes before turning each wedge. Return to oven and continue baking for another 5 or 6 minutes, or until pita wedges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Add cannellini beans, fresh garlic, lemon juice, sage leaves, and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour bean mixture into a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, add a dash of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of some high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve with seasoned pita chips or veggie platters.
Yield: 6 servings
Total Prep Time: 15 minutes
**Although you can use the same extra virgin olive oil for the entire recipe, adding a drizzle of a higher quality variety right before serving will add an extra “pop” of flavor.
Hope you love this white bean dip as much as my guests do when I serve it at get-togethers!