May 8, 2009

pure puree

If ever I was tempted to double-dip*, it'd be with this delightful bowl o' beans.


*Every single time I think about dip, I can't help but recall George Costanza and his infamous double-dipping. What a great character.

I've been looking for ways to use a bottle of truffle oil that I recently received, and when I saw Lisa's post about a white bean and zucchini puree, I was hooked.


This appetizing appetizer took me all of 5 minutes to prepare, I kid you not. I suspect it could've taken me even less time to eat every last bite, but I was able to show some restraint. It's hearty and savory, with the rosemary perfectly complimenting the mild white beans.

The kicker for me was the touch of truffle oil drizzled on top, and I need to give a big THANK YOU to Heather for sending it my way. I'd never even tasted the earthy oil before, and I'm so glad I did--it adds a richness that would be sorely missed.


Side note: Although this was a terrific mash of beans, it can't compare to the best white bean puree I've ever eaten. Then again, that might've had something to do with the atmosphere and my fellow picnickers.

Truffle-Oil-Happy White Bean Puree
(inspired by this recipe)

2 15 oz. cans white beans, rinsed and drained (I actually used a mixture of pinto and northern beans)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
truffle oil

Blitz the beans in the container of a food processor with a healthy pinch of salt. Add the olive oil and process until the mixture is smooth, or textured to your liking. Taste and reseason as needed, then add the lemon juice and rosemary and pulse the mixture again. Serve in a bowl (dip-style) with the truffle oil drizzled on top, or go fancy-shmamcy spread-style and slather the puree on crostini and garnish with truffle oil. Either way, don't forget the truffle oil.

48 comments:

Julia said...

Yes, it's true! Truffle oil makes everything taste better. I also make a simple salad dressing for arugula with truffle oil, lemon juice and fresh parmesan. Hmm. would even garnish nicely with your pure puree.

lisaiscooking said...

Wow, thanks! You've just made me hungry for bean puree and truffle oil at 7:49am. Yours sounds great with the rosemary.

kat said...

White bean dip is just soooooo good

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I looove bean dip and it's inspired to use truffle oil in it! :)

doggybloggy said...

ooooooowheeeee this sounds so tasty - I dont know if I want it on a crostini or by the spoonful......

Leslie said...

healthy quick and super yummy!!

Pam said...

I love this dip. Simple, quick and so tasty. Looks great Grace!

Bridgett said...

This sounds delicious and it would be completely addictive with some crostini. Yum!

Albany Jane said...

Yum, I love bean dips. And truffle oil?

ohhowilurveyew

Dawn said...

I would just use a spoon, screw the crackers...spoons hold more. LOL!
I love a good bean dip.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Sounds so wonderful. I wish I had some.

Melanie said...

Truffle oil just screams gourmet, if you ask me. Gourmet Grace - I think that's what I'll call you from now on. The bean puree looks fantastic and I'm all for dishes that take five minutes or less.

foodhoe said...

I love bean dips but mostly the type with tortilla chips... this sounds so good, I love the idea of the truffle oil.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

I was wondering what made it pink...then I saw the pinto beans. Very nice!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would drink this up.

Lynda said...

I've never had Truffle oil either, but this bowl of beans is calling to me! Easy and delicious, this is my kind of dish!

Hornsfan said...

mmm...this looks delish, will have to find a reason for a tasty appetizer!

Chef E said...

You reminded me of the time someone slapped my daughters hand (not hard, no tears) to tell my kids "no double dipping", and that has stuck, but in my house go right ahead!

I think you know I like my beans any way I can get them!

Bunny said...

We're having a picnic next weekend, if it ever decides to stop raining here and this looks like a winner for a dip Grace, thanks!!

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Dang, I gots to get me some truffle oil!

I love anything with beans in it, so this is right up my alley--looks great!

Laura said...

I've never "gotten" truffle oil. But I love beans so maybe this is the dish to convince me--if I could afford it!

We are a few eps behind in Dollhouse--but caught up enough to know we LOVE it and will be heartbroken if it gets the ax. Whathisface going to the attic (you're caught up, right?) really caught us by surprise. Hooray for Joss Whedon! :)

Donna-FFW said...

I have to get my hands on some of this truffle oil. It must be amazing. Your dip looks fantastic and sounds absolutely delicious.

Helene said...

This is great to receive Truffle Oil. That must give such a great taste to the dip.

Charlotte said...

Interesting recipe. That one makes me curious.

Sophie said...

MMMMM...I have made a same recipe as this one before,..... Thisd is easy yet so flavourfull with the addtion from the truffle oil! Yummie!!

Fresh Mommy said...

WOW!!! You've done it again!! I love that this looks easy... and beans are right up my ally... love beans and love bean dip! I'll be making it this summer.

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

veggie belly said...

your dip looks creamy and fabulous! I can only image what it tasted like after the truffle oil!

Sharon said...

mmm beans! This looks do delish and I can't imagine how delightful this would be with truffle oil. Lucky gal!

Christie @ Fig & Cherry said...

Simply gorgeous! Would love to dip some lightly steamed broccoli florets into this!

noble pig said...

That just saounds delicious and looks so creamy! Beautiful.

Heather said...

so glad you're enjoying the truffle oil!! i'm the worst double dipper - and i don't think i could contain myself from this one :)

Maryann said...

The list of ingredients look good, I have to say!
xox

Deborah said...

I really need to get myself a bottle of truffle oil...

Jude said...

I've had truffle salt, but not truffle oil. I'm sure it makes a humble plate of beans really shine.

Lori said...

Beans are the best, arent they. I just love white bean dip with rosemary and now I have to try it with truffle oil.

Maria said...

Love this one! I will have to try it soon!

anudivya said...

Never had truffle oil before, at least not that I know of. It seems like a pretty cool idea to add it with the bean dip.

Emily said...

Awesome! This looks delicious.

I haven't used my truffle oil yet. I guess I'm saving for a specfial occasion? I'll have to give this dip a try.

Penny said...

I would double dip in a minute. Lovely recipe.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Truffle oil really elevates any dish. These beans look worthy of double dipping, for sure!

Robin Sue said...

Love white bean dip and the addition of truffle oil is tops! I'll have to look for some truffle oil or even some truffle salt which I just saw the other day.

Lisa said...

Sounds fabulous. I had a wonderful white bean and garlic spread last week. It was drizzled with olive oil and I thought that was great. Truffle oil is no doubt even more so. Thanks for sharing!

Shelly said...

Delicious sounding dip! I bet the truffle oil took it over the top.

Jeff said...

Great addition of truffle oil. Love that stuff so much.

Huge fan of simple quick dips especially for cookouts.

Baking Monster said...

you make everything sound good. :)

kimberleyblue said...

Truffle oil makes everything better. Such a distinctive and gorgeous taste...this looks sooo good!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Ohh, I am a truffle fanatic, this looks fantastic. Bookmarking to make soon, thanks!

zoe said...

oh man, I loooove beans...This sounds perfect for me.