Before I share this recipe with you, I have to tell you something. I like garlic. A lot. I mean, it takes a lot of restraint for me to create recipes for you that have a “normal and reasonable” amount of garlic in them. If I had things my way, every recipe would have at least 9 cloves of garlic in it – except maybe Wonderful Waffles.
At the very least, garlic would replace the lost tomatoes in my Tomato-Free Guacamole, Potato Corn Chowder would be zippy food instead of comfort food, and Cream of Leek and Kale Soup would become Cream of Leek and Kale and Garlic soup.
But alas, I’m forced to stay within the confines of “normal”.
So when I tested this White Bean Garlic Dip out on my kids and they told me, “It’s good, but it has a lot of garlic in it”, imagine my glee when I could say, “It’s supposed to be garlicky!” Ha.
I hope you enjoy.
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley (about 7 "stems" of parsley)
- 2 – 3 cloves garlic (see note #1)
- 2 – 3 tablespoons lemon juice (see note #1)
- 1 1/2 cup cooked Great Northern beans, well drained (see note #2)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or granulated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste (see note #3)
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- Remove long stems from parsley and finely chop in food processor.
- Transfer to a bowl.
- Place garlic, lemon juice, and drained white beans in food processor and process until smooth. Be sure to blend well to thoroughly puree garlic so it's distributed evenly.
- Add oil and process until well mixed. Be sure to blend well to thoroughly incorporate oil.
- Add seasonings, minced parsley, and diced red onion and process just until mixed.
- Chill before serving. Dip will thicken slightly when chilled.
2. I used white beans that I cooked in my slow cooker (crockpot) because a slow cooker makes beans super soft and creamy. You could try canned beans and the result will probably be good, but if you think to put some beans in the crock pot the night before, you'll have some lusciously creamy dip!
Be sure to drain beans very well or dip will be too thin.
3. The amount of salt needed will depend on the amount already in the beans.
I categorized this recipe under “Freezes Well“, but it’s best if you leave out the parsley if you’re going to freeze it. You can stir it in after the dip thaws.