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Cranberry Studded Bean Dip

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Rich, creamy and oh-so-satisfying, you would never know this tasty Bean Dip was packed with so much nutritious goodness.

I wanted to make a simple and festive dip to put out as an appetizer for some friends last night but I didn’t want to run out to the store for any last minute ingredients.

I thought it would be fun to share the thought process that took place behind creating this simple little dip. It went something like this:

“Hmmm, I wish I had fresh cranberries to add to the dressing for my salad (a family friend told me about a recipe over x-mas where you put some fresh cranberries in the food processor and then build a basic vinaigrette. I haven’t tried it yet, but can’t wait to.).

Maybe I’ll run to the store and get some cranberries and pick up some hummus too for an appetizer.

Yeah, but I already went to two grocery stores today and spent plenty of money on lots of delicious foods, do I really need to buy more?  Can’t I just get creative with what I’ve got?

I know, I’ll skip the dressing (stick to a basic vinaigrette) and make some home made hummus.  It only takes five minutes and that will be fun.

(Check pantry) No garbanzo beans!  But I have cannelini beans:).

I can’t seem to kick this cranberry thing… I really want to use cranberries in something.  Hmmm, do I have any in the freezer? (Check the freezer) Nope.

Oh wait! I have dried cranberries… perfect!  I’ll add them to my salad, maybe.  But maybe not, because I wanted to do someting more fun with them, something more creative!

(Check fridge) Fresh Thyme! Cool. I’ll swap in some thyme for the rosemary and make a White Bean and Thyme Dip…. why not?

And that’s when it happened… dried cranberies on the counter looking straight at me and my dip.  They were practically begging to join the party.

So I thought, hey why not… sweet, savory, salty… I think this could work.  So I chopped up some dried cranberries and added them to the mix. And I have to say, I loved it.

The cranberries not only add a really beautiful visual appeal making this the perfect holiday appetizer, but they add a great texture and subtle sweet suprise to every bite.  If you’re a fan of “sweet & savory” flavors together, I think you’ll really like this dip!

And that, my friends, is how my brain works.

Cranberry Studded Bean Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz. can of Canellini beans (white beans)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 ½ tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp of broth (either veggie or chicken)
  • 1 tsp of fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • A pinch of salt
  • *Optional lemon zest for garnish

Directions:

In a food processor, pulse garlic until finally minced.  Add in beans, oil, broth, and salt and blend until you have a nice creamy dip.

Stir in cranberries and thyme.  Give it a quick taste… more salt?  A bit more oil?  You decide and then enjoy!!

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrients per 1/4 cup serving:
Calories: 97; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0.5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Carbohydrate: 13.5g; Dietary Fiber: 2.8g; Sugars: 4.3g; Protein: 3g

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7 Responses to “Cranberry Studded Bean Dip”

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    ashley (sweet & natural) — December 29, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Fun dip! It’s very festive for the holidays. Happy New Year to you as well!

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    Culinarywannabe — December 29, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    Love the thought process. Never in a million year would I have thought to add cranberries to bean dip. But it makes it looks so much prettier!!

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    Kevin — December 29, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

    That dip looks good! I like the sound of the cranberries in it.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Hayley — December 30, 2008 @ 5:14 am

    Looks so beautiful! I made a white bean dip for Christmas Eve myself – no cranberries, but it was oh so good. I’ll have to try this version out.

    Happy Holidays to you as well!

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    Ophélia — December 30, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    looks and sounds yummy as usual, thanks! I usually have a hard time dicing my carrots (or other raw veggies such as beets) or cutting them into julienne (as well as lemon zest…). It may be an idea for the “how to” videos. I’d also like to know how to properly keep fresh produce such as veggies or bread to insure the best quality. I know you’ve already shown how to store some veggies in the 101 videos but again that’s just an idea. Maybe yours are better and I can’t even think of them right now :)
    I wish you very happy holidays!

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    Kaman — December 30, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    That is so funny because it sounds exactly like my conservations to myself when thinking of things to cook for dinner or potlucks. I’ve been having a weird obsession with dried cranberries lately too, so this is a must try for me! Can’t wait to try it! Looks deeeelish!

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    Susan from Food Blogga — January 11, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    I’m always looking for new dips. Cranberries are a healthy and pretty addition. I’ll have to try that, Dani. Thanks!!

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