A couple of years ago, my mom bought me Giada de Laurentis's book Everyday Italian. I have leafed through it and used a recipe or two, but had not explored it in depth. Then, I recently watched The Food Network's Chef0graphy about Giada de Laurentis. Even though it was late, I was inspired to grab her book off the shelf and go exploring. The next morning I made two recipes to eat at a picnic we were going to that day. One of those recipes was the White Bean Dip with Pita Chips. It essentially is the Italian version of hummus. It is so incredibly good! Last night my husband asked if there was any left to dip some vegetable sticks in. There wasn't, but there is now. I actually made a double batch. I hope there's still some left by the time he gets home from work! Just kidding. It's tempting though. It's also wonderful in tuna salad instead of using mayo. It adds more flavor, not to mention nutritional value.
White Bean Dip with Pita Chips
1 (15 oz) can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (or 2 tbsp dried)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients except the olive oil. Pulse on and off until the mixture is coarsely chopped. With the machine running, gradually mix in the olive oil until the mixture is creamy. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve with pita wedges, toasted baguette slices, vegetable slices, etc.
Personal Note: I substitute half the olive oil with plain, low-fat yogurt. I also usually make a double batch since it goes so quickly