Butter Bean, Sage + Lemony Dip
White Bean + Sage Dip
White beans in particular create a base that is so silky smooth that they don't need much else done to them, particularly when they are good quality. You can blitz them, mash them or braise them, then flavour with fresh lemon and garlic to create a trusty base that you can accessorise with as you please. Everyone has their own zing tolerance, so adjust how much lemon juice you like to taste. Any white beans will work interchangeably in this recipe, such as haricot or cannellini or butter beans (we like saving butter beans for recipes where you can appreciate their generous, plump texture though).
Here's 3 of our fave ways to serve this dip:
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 bunch of sage (about 20 leaves)
2 lemons, zested + juiced
1 large garlic clove, crushed
Drain the beans, reserving 2 tablespoons of their bean stock
Add the beans to a blender or food processor with the crushed garlic and olive oil and lemon zest.
- If serving cold. Add the lemon juice to the mixture and blitz until you reach a smooth consistency. Add a tablespoon of bean stock if you need to loosen it.
- If serving warm, now is the time to spoon this into the saucepan on a medium heat to warm up. If the mixture is too thick and is catching the bottom of the pan, add the bean stock. Once hot, remove from the heat and stir through the lemon juice to taste.
- Spoon the dip onto a plate and choose your accessory below to dress with:
Crispy Sage Dip
In a small frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add 10-12 sage leaves and fry until crispy, roughly 2-3 minutes. Once crispy, remove the sage leaves from the pan and place onto a paper tow
- Sprinkle the crispy sage leaves onto the lemony, white bean dip and drizzle with the remaining sage oil.
In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons over a medium heat. Drain 1-2 tablespoons of capers and pat dry (this ensures they don’t splatter everywhere!) and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Depending on how dry your capers are, they may need a bit longer for the pickling liquor to burn off. Using a slotted spoon, remove the capers and put on kitchen towel
- Sprinkle the lemony white bean dip with the crispy capers.
Try this salsa verde recipe. Spoon the dip onto toast or crostini and top with the salsa verde.