Cannellini Bean Dip with Pan-Fried Mint

Cannellini Bean Dip with Pan-Fried Mint
Staff Writer
Cannellini Bean Dip with Pan-Fried Mint
Viviane Bauquet Farre
Cannellini Bean Dip with Pan-Fried Mint

Cannellini beans are incredibly soft when cooked, which is why they lend themselves so perfectly to dips. Here, the somewhat bland beans are puréed with garlic and lemon juice — then, for a major flavor boost, topped with pan-fried fresh mint. (And does this dip ever turn out flavorful!)

Serve this robust dip with fresh bread slices, croutons, crackers, endive and radicchio Treviso leaves, or raw vegetable sticks. It makes for a sensational hors d’oeuvre or antipasto.

4
Servings
486
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pan-fried mint

  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 Cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves, large leaves torn in half

For the dip

  • 3 Cups cooked cannellini beans or navy beans, drained
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 Teaspoons sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

For the pan-fried mint

Heat a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil and the mint leaves. Sauté until the leaves are crisp and dark green, stirring continuously, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add the remaining olive oil. Set aside.

For the dip

Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper, to taste, in the bowl of a food processor. Process, scraping the sides of the bowl once, until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a serving bowl. Make a well in the center of the dip, pour the fried mint and its oil inside, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
41g
59%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Carbohydrate, by difference
26g
20%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
27mg
36%
Calcium, Ca
24mg
2%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Folate, total
159µg
40%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
167mg
52%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
177mg
25%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
33mg
2%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
128g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cannellini Bean Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Cannellini Bean Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.