WHITE BEAN DIP by Giada De LaurentiisIngredients:
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 4 tablespoons
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and parsley in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl.
Cut each pita in half and then into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita wedges on a large baking sheet. Pour the remaining oil over the pitas. Toss and spread out the wedges evenly. Sprinkle with the oregano, salt, and pepper. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until toasted and golden in color.
Serve the pita toasts warm or at room temperature alongside the bean puree.
It's not really white but anything with garlic....who cares!
BRUSCHETTA WITH WHITE BEAN PUREE by Michael Chiarella
3/4 cup white marrow beans (or other white beans), cooked and cooled, 1 cup cooking liquid reserved
2 tablespoons olive paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme leaves, plus 6 sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish, optional
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/4 teaspoon gray salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 loaf thick Italian bread
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Puree the beans in a food processor until smooth, adding the reserved liquid, as necessary, for a finished consistency that is spread-able but not too thin. Add olive paste and thyme. Puree again, and while pureeing, add extra-virgin olive oil and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reserve, and garnish with sprigs of thyme, if desired.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut a crispy Italian bread into thick slices. Toast or grill until light brown and crispy. Then swipe once with a clove of fresh garlic, drizzle with olive oil. Spread with the White Bean Puree. Finish with a pinch of gray salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.
crunchy, crusty, golden, white, fresh, warm Italian bread
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