You can make this roasted garlic and white bean dip with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of hands-on prep! This vegan white dip is a delicious appetizer or snack served alongside crudites and crackers or spread over wraps and sandwiches!
Cut the garlic head directly through the middle and place it on a large square of parchment paper. Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt. Then bring the parchment paper up and over and scrunch it into a little pouch/parcel.You could also do this with tin foil, though I haven't tried.
Roast the garlic in the oven for about 40 minutes (up to 60 minutes). The garlic will be a deep golden brown color and smooth and buttery, easy to just squeeze out of the garlic skins.
Step 2: Blend the white bean dip
Add the roasted garlic, white beans, lemon juice, and salt to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend into a smooth and creamy dip.Feel free to stop the machine to scrape down the sides a couple of times if needed.
Once smooth, taste the dip and increase the lemon juice or salt if needed.
Step 3: Prepare the toppings
Roughly chop the cilantro and zest the lemon, then combine the two in a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil.
Step 4: Assemble the roasted garlic white bean dip with the toppings
Add the creamy dip to a bowl and then top with the lemon and cilantro oil mixture. Sprinkle with a little paprika, and finally some chili hairs. Then enjoy!
How To Store
Store any leftover white bean dip in an airtight container in the fridge for between 3-5 days or the freezer for 3-4 months.
If the dip is too thick feel free to add a teaspoon of ice water to the dip (while blending) until you reach your desired consistency.
Feel free to use your white bean of choice - the texture/flavor will vary slightly but they'll all work.
To add extra flavor to any herbs added to the white bean dip, you can first 'bloom' them. To do this, add them to a small pan with some hot oil (just before it starts smoking) until you can smell a nutty, toasty aroma. This 'blooming' technique creates a deer, 'fuller' flavor and adds depth to the white bean dip.