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Cannellini Bean Dip with Pan-Fried Mint

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.

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
Servings4
Calories Per Serving665
Total Fat18g28%
Sugar3gN/A
Saturated3g14%
Protein36g72%
Carbs94g31%
Vitamin A35µg4%
Vitamin B60.5mg26.4%
Vitamin C4mg7%
Vitamin E3mg14%
Vitamin K20µg25%
Calcium403mg40%
Fiber24g97%
Folate (food)607µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)607µg100%
Iron18mg100%
Magnesium300mg75%
Monounsaturated12gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.9mg4.5%
Phosphorus469mg67%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium2814mg80%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg14.9%
Sodium383mg16%
Thiamin (B1)0.7mg45.3%
Zinc6mg38%