Thursday, August 28, 2008

Uber-Garlicky, Super-Speedy Bean Dip/Spread and Os Mutantes

This is about as garlicky as I can get. It makes a superior dip, but it's great as a spread on toasted, crusty bread, as well. The ingredients and directions are so simple you'll wish you never bought store-brand dip.

If raw garlic is too much for you, roast the garlic first to cut down on the bite.


1 can of beans (your choice; I used kidney beans), drained
3 tablespoons (or less, depending on your preference) of Annie's Goddess Dressing
2 very large cloves of garlic, chopped coarsely
2-3 tablespoons water (optional)


1. In a blender or food processor, or with your immersion blender (my choice), add all the ingredients except the water and blend until smooth. You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water, depending on how thick you like your dip/spread.
2. Enjoy!

Ways to enjoy this fantastic, healthy, and easy dip/spread:

1. With chips, cut veggies, and sticks of cheese as a great party dip.
2. Spread on a whole wheat pita for a quick snack.
3. Spread on toasted whole wheat pita triangles (or on any toasted bread).
4. Mixed into tuna instead of mayo (about 2 heaping tablespoons ought to do it).
5. Spread on bread and topped with lettuce and tomato for a salad sandwich.
6. Spread on crackers and topped with sliced olives, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, or the veggie of your choice for a great appetizer.
7. Spread on a tostada, topped with cheese and baked until the cheese bubbles.
8. Heated until hot and served with rice as a different twist on refried beans.
9. Same as above, but served with hot cornbread.
10. Used as an ingredient in chili.
11. Instead of sauce on a veggie pizza.
12. Heated in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then stirred into freshly cooked and drained, small-cut pasta. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley.
13. Spread on the underside of portabella mushrooms and sprinkle lightly with cheese, then grill cheese-side up.
14. Drop by spoonfulls into a deep fryer for a different version of falafel.
15. Eat it straight off the spoon. ;)

I'm sure there are a lot of other things you could do with this dip/spread. Let me know what you think.

Os Mutantes, finally

There are a lot of us food bloggers who talk about the music we play as we cook, eat, and live our lives. I haven't done it in a while, so I thought I'd share with you the music that's been making me dance around the house (and the George St. Co-op, when I'm volunteering there).

Os Mutantes is a Brazilian group that was very active in the psychedelic 1960s with their quirky brand of Tropicalia-style music. Remember that soccer commercial with those great kids? Well, the music is from Os Mutantes. Brilliant. I can't recommend it highly enough.

So, what are you listening to?


Erndog said...

Thanks for your comments Deb! And I'll definitely be trying this recipe out. Maybe for my next book club meeting! As long as everyone partakes of the garlic. :-)

Deb Schiff said...

Thanks, Erin. Extra cumin also works very well. :) Good luck!