Garlic & White Bean Dip

Garlic & White Bean Dip

8 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

For this simple-as-can-be dip, rich-tasting poached garlic is pureed with convenient canned beans, a little bit of onion and a dash of lemon juice. Use it as a dip for crudités, a topping for bruschetta or even as a spread for a sandwich.

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  • Poached Garlic & Garlic Oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 heads garlic, cloves separate but unpeeled
  • 1½ cups canola oil
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Bean Dip
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


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  1. To prepare poached garlic & garlic oil: Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add garlic cloves and stir to submerge. Let stand until the garlic skins are softened and cool enough to handle, about 50 minutes. Strain the garlic, remove the skins and cut off the hard nub where the clove was attached to the head.
  2. Place the garlic, canola oil and olive oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce the heat to low and maintain a very gentle simmer (it may be necessary to slide the pan to the edge of the burner). Simmer until the cloves are golden and very soft when pressed with a fork, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooled garlic to a sieve to drain, reserving the oil. Transfer the garlic to a food processor and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. (If it makes more than ½ cup, store the extra in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)
  4. To prepare bean dip: Combine ½ cup of the reserved garlic oil, onion and salt in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until the onion is softened but not browned, 6 to 9 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the food processor, add lemon juice and puree with ½ cup garlic puree until smooth. Serve warm or cold. (Store extra garlic oil in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)
  • Make Ahead Tip: To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate garlic puree for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months; refrigerate oil for no more than 1 week. Cover and refrigerate the dip for up to 3 days.
  • Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Per serving: 96 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 24 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 0 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 17 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 136 mg sodium; 99 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, ½ vegetable, 1½ fat

Reviews 8

December 16, 2012
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By: ib_ebenezer
Knock-your-socks off I used dried beans when making the recipe, so it might have been slightly different from the recipe as written. The garlic lends a sublime flavor to the beans, and the oil adds richness. What I love about this is that it is mild, so kids will try it, but has an intensity of flavor that is interesting to adults. This will be a party staple for us from now on. Pros: Easily made, suitable for young to old. very tasty Cons: Time consuming to prep garlic and oil
July 03, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Try it without the oil or cooking the garlic I have been doing this for years, but never bothered to cook the garlic...just toss a couple peeled raw cloves in with the beans and turn on the food processor. I don't use the oil at all and it is still really good. Sometimes with lemon juice, sometimes not. I do like the suggestion of onions, never thought of that. I use garbonzo beans too and do the same thing. It is great with a good loaf of bread and some wine!
February 07, 2010
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By: brooklynliz
This was lovely and super easy! I think the next time, I'm going to try adding some heat when making the garlic puree.
October 30, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
Not only is this good and the garlic is good for you, but also the white beans are very healthy. As far as having leftover oil, I keep it in the fridge and use it to saute or add balsamic for a quick dressing. When buying a large amount of fresh garlic at the farmer's market, I store it in a jar of olive oil and use the garlic and the oil for various things. It's quite handy. Dawn, MN
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This was absolutely amazing - the bean dip itself was quick & easy to prepare with tons of flavor, but the garlic puree and oil prep time is a bit overwhelming. And what does one do with the extra 1.5 cups of OIL leftover from the dip? That's too much to use in just one week, unless you're making pesto. Next time I may simply roast my garlic in the oven and use 1/2 cup of olive oil for the dip. Oh, I served this with whole wheat pita wedges and blue tortilla chips - both were a hit with the dip. Anonymous, Columbus, OH
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This takes time to make but was very well received. I had leftover garlic oil and garlic puree, so another time I would use less ingredients to make the same amount of dip. The chips were yummy. Peg, Falmouth, ME
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This recipe was in an EW magazine a long time ago, and it's one of my favorites. It's DEEEEELICIOUS!! Nicole, Bloomington, IN
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This is so good, it will pause the conversation at your party. Allison, MT
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