Thursday, December 30, 2010

White Bean Tapenade

1 can (15.5 ounces) white beans (great northern, cannelini, or garbanzo work well), rinsed
and drained
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup whole, pitted Kalamata or other black olives
6 anchovy fillets, rinsed
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick to spread easily, add a tablespoon or more of water. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.

Serve as a dip with raw veggies, or as a spread with crackers, pita crisps, or pita bread.

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