White Bean Dip and Baked Pita Chips

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In the winter, one of my favorite dishes to make involves cannellini
beans fried in a bit of butter with salt and pepper.  It's about as
basic as you can get, but I love the unadulterated flavors of this
creamy bean.  As we prepare for our move,
I've continued to try to find ways to use up some of the items on our
kitchen shelves. At some point during our long Chicago winter, I
apparently stocked up on cans of cannellini beans, so I decided to find
a summery way to use them. While a bit more involved than my winter
menu, this meal is still simple and quick to prepare.

White Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 can (15 oz) of cannellini beans, rinsed
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
¼
C olive oil
2 Tbl pesto
salt and pepper to taste

Method

Combine
all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add
a bit more oil or some water if the dip is too thick.  Salt and pepper
to taste.  Serve with fresh vegetables and oven-baked pita chips (see
recipe below).

Oven-Baked Pita Chips

Makes 48 chips
Preheat oven to 400F

Ingredients

3 store-bought pocket pitas (wheat or white)
2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl grated Parmesan
1 Tbl Herbes de Provence (or other dried herbs)
Kosher flake salt
Pepper

Method

Cut
the pitas into 8 wedges.  Separate each wedge at the seam into two
pieces. Place in one layer on a large sheet pan.  Brush or drizzle with
olive oil (don't worry about covering the surfaces, this is mainly for
flavor) and sprinkle with the Herbes de Provence, salt and pepper.

Bake
chips for about five minutes and then sprinkle on the Parmesan.  Bake
for about five more minutes, or until crisp and golden.

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Jess LC - This sounds like a great dip! As I prepare for my move too, I’ll try the same thing. I think I have beans left in the cabinet, too.

Jess LC - This sounds like a great dip! As I prepare for my move too, I’ll try the same thing. I think I have beans left in the cabinet, too.

Gemma - There is something so enjoyable about using up the last few things before a move. Good luck with yours Jess!

Gemma - There is something so enjoyable about using up the last few things before a move. Good luck with yours Jess!

Nishta - I am so with you on the oven-baked pita chips! easy to make at a moment’s notice. I’ve been thinking about a cannellini bean dip for a long time, but I think you’ve convinced me to whir some up next time we’ve company.
hope the packing is coming along nicely, Gemma!

Nishta - I am so with you on the oven-baked pita chips! easy to make at a moment’s notice. I’ve been thinking about a cannellini bean dip for a long time, but I think you’ve convinced me to whir some up next time we’ve company.
hope the packing is coming along nicely, Gemma!

Vanessa - Cannellini beans are the greatest. They can be used in so many different ways – this recipe is awesome. I can’t wait to try it!
I just started reading your blog, and I have to say that all of the recipes you’ve posted are excellent! :) I have a food blog, too – http://www.thedailyv.com. I look forward to more of your posts!

Vanessa - Cannellini beans are the greatest. They can be used in so many different ways – this recipe is awesome. I can’t wait to try it!
I just started reading your blog, and I have to say that all of the recipes you’ve posted are excellent! :) I have a food blog, too – http://www.thedailyv.com. I look forward to more of your posts!

gemma - Thanks Nishta! We are all moved in and the place is perfect. We finally have a dining room table and we are gearing up for dinner parties!
Thanks Vanessa! I’ll check out your blog.

gemma - Thanks Nishta! We are all moved in and the place is perfect. We finally have a dining room table and we are gearing up for dinner parties!
Thanks Vanessa! I’ll check out your blog.

JoLynn - I am going to try to make this on Saturday! I adore your site & love the photographs.

JoLynn - I am going to try to make this on Saturday! I adore your site & love the photographs.

Gemma - Thank you JoLynn! That is very sweet of you to say. Thanks for dropping by and introducing me to your great site!

Gemma - Thank you JoLynn! That is very sweet of you to say. Thanks for dropping by and introducing me to your great site!

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