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Party Trick: White Bean Dip with Rosemary from Sunset

January 22nd, 2008 by Brooke

So, about Mandy’s Gluten Free Menu Swap post. Too often, burgeoning chefs are at a loss for tried-and-true things to try. Add the gluten-free restriction and suddenly you’re a time-pressed glutie eating freezer food and mac and cheese with a powdery cheese that scares the likes of all the gluties! So, I can’t help but step in and offer you, dear readers, and my cousin Mandy, another recipe that I know is easy, nutritious and delicious. In addition, it calls for this week’s sexy ingredient: rosemary.

It’s easiest to whip up something you know will be good. As a woman who has lived with a man who loves to cook, I have a wealth of knowledge of menu and recipe planning. For, that’s the deal: I draw up the plans, he constructs the meals.

When I first moved into my house, my dad sent me an issue of Sunset magazine. It’s a good magazine, and I KNOW magazines. It’s West Coast-centric so I didn’t subscribe but I always thumb through it if I see it and often visit the Web site. One recipe that has stuck with me over the years is a White Bean Dip with Rosemary. In everyone else’s glutenous (not to be confused with gluttonous) world, this cousin of hummus is served with pita wedges.

In a glutie’s world, it’s served with fresh veggies or rice crackers. It keeps well for a week in the fridge with an occasional stir, so it’s perfect for a single glutie on the go that seeks a filling snack. Especially if you happen to have a freakish sprout of fresh rosemary in the front yard or flower box.

Impress your friends: The trick here is that you infuse some fresh olive oil with fresh rosemary by warming them together in a skillet. There is a woman at work who is reasonably culinarily-inclined and she still compliments me on this dip which I brought to a potluck early in my tenure.

Here’s the link to the recipe at Sunset.com. Note that after many tests, I strongly prefer great northern beans to cannelini beans in this recipe. I think you will too.

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