Friday, 10 December 2010

White Bean Dip with Ciabatta Crisps

We all know that it is a fact that Santa moves at a pace that defies our understanding of physics, time and space. What we often overlook is the ripple effect that this rift in the laws of the universe causes. Time speeds up during the holidays and we find ourselves scrambling to get things done. Clearly this is through no fault of our own, it is merely the Santa space/time continuum effect.

In order to restore sanity, we must have a few quick and easy dishes on hand - for when time gets away from us. (Again, through no fault of our own.)

One such happy and easy dish is Giada's white bean dip. Have a can of white beans? You are halfway there. Whip this up in your handy-dandy little food processor in about a minute and bask in the glory. Delicious and nutritious and likely the easiest thing you can possibly make this holiday season.

White Bean Dip with Pita Chips Ciabatta Crisps
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Show: Everyday Italian Episode: Dinner and a Movie
for IHCC Make it Simple


    * 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
    * Salt
    * Freshly ground black pepper
    * 6 pitas
    * 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. (I subbed in thinly sliced ciabatta baguette)

Serve the pita toasts warm or at room temperature alongside the bean puree.


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