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Penny Pinching Epicure: Basil & White Bean Dip

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Basil & White Bean Dip

Basil & White Bean Dip

I like chumus but have been wanting to try a white bean dip for a while. I made my ginger, basil & pine nut crusted salmon earlier this week and had some leftover basil, so I decided on a basil &white bean dip. All I used was a can of white beans, fresh basil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste (canned beans can be pretty salty already so taste before you add any salt). You can also add olive oil for extra richness, but I didn't want to add the fat that goes with it.


1 14-oz. can small white beans
1/2 cup packed basil leaves
1 garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
salt to taste

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender, food processor or immersion blender attachment.
  2. Chill and serve with crudite, pita chips or crackers.
The cost:
beans: .69
basil: 1.99
lemon: .19

Grand total: $2.87

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