It may not be the most photogenic of side dishes (nor is the process particularly pretty lookin’), but the result most certainly MAKES any meal. This white bean spread/dip is just like hummus, only lighter. It’s not as dense as hummus and has a softer, more subtle taste. But, similar to hummus, it’s addictive and gone in a good 5, okay 4, hefty dives of Mr. Spoon.
What makes this version so good is the secret ingredient you can’t even taste – black olives!
White Bean Hummus
– 1 can (14.1 oz) white beans
– 1/2 tsp salt (the olives add some as well)
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 1 tsp cumin
– juice of 1 lemon
– half handful of black olives (pitted)
– 1 tsp diced garlic
Rinse the beans and place them in a food processor.
Add the rest of the ingredients: salt, pepper, cumin, lemon, pitted olives, and garlic.
Process, pouring in the olive oil while it goes.
One last jooj and all is done!
Garnish with goat cheese or some tomatoes and parsley (for some color contrast, I should have done that in retrospect).
Spread on toasted pita, dip into with crackers, mix into a salad, or do what I do and eat it by the spoonful.