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Simple Super Bowl: 1 quick & easy dip recipe, 4 ways

Posted by Melissa Massello  February 1, 2013 12:00 PM

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super-bowl-white-bean-dip-4-ways.jpg Though the Pats are not playing, the Super Bowl is still happening on Sunday. If you've yet to finalize on your Game Day menu, here's an easy dip you can whip up 4 different ways using a pantry staple: cannellini beans.

I have been making this basic dip for years. At every party, there's a bowl of white bean dip. Cannellini beans are a great dip base; they are packed with protein, have a smooth texture, and their mild taste works with any flavor combination you choose.

Make the basic white bean dip, choose a variation, or serve all 4!

adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

• 1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
• Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
• 1/3 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley
•1 garlic clove
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• Salt & pepper to taste

Pulse all ingredients except oil in food processor until combined. Stream in oil and process until the dip reaches the desired consistency.


Instead of parsley, add 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro. Substitute lime for lemon (might need a whole lime, depending on yield). Omit the oregano and add 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Omit the lemon juice and the parsley. Add 1/4 cup toasted walnuts instead. Substitute smoked paprika (also labeled pimenton) for oregano.

Replace parsley with feta, double the lemon juice, and use a tablespoon each of fresh oregano and thyme instead of dried.

Do you have go-to party recipe? Share with us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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