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Healthy White Bean Dip with Lemon and Thyme

Healthy White Bean Dip with Lemon and Thyme

Get ready to double dip because this Healthy White Bean Dip is the perfect mix of creamy beans, garlic, lemon and thyme.

Bite Me Bit

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."

-Hannibal Lecter

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1½ cups canned white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed well and drained
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp water
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
½ tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Garnish

Thyme
Additional olive oil
Cayenne pepper, to taste

Serve with:

Crackers
Toasted pita chips
Pita bread
Vegetable chips
Celery
Carrots


Directions

1) In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and turn heat off immediately. Allow garlic to sit in the oil for 30 seconds and then strain out garlic pieces, reserving the flavored oil. Set aside to cool slightly and discard garlic from the sieve.

2) In a food processor, combine white beans, reserved garlic flavored olive oil, lemon juice, water, thyme, salt, black pepper and cayenne. Process until smooth, about 20 seconds. The dip may be refrigerated a few hours ahead of serving. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 1½ cups

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