As a plant-based couple, we consume a lot of beans. So we sometimes need to be a little innovative and find new ways of cooking them so they don't become boring. That's how we came up with this super quick and easy butter bean dip. We normally buy several large bags of dried beans. We like to cook them in the pressure cooker and usually do a large amount at a time. Part of the beans go onto making salads like this gigante beans salad, and some end up a delicious vegan spread.
This Sunday we made a bit too many of those butter beans and we realised we need to salvage them somehow. Funny thing is that we actually just ran out of both hummus and zacusca (vegetable dip) so I thought: I'll just whiz these butter beans to make a new type of butter bean dip. I promise, I thought it will only taste ok, but to our surprise, it was insanely delicious.
My husband said and I quote: "darling, I think you just came up with the new best way of using butter beans". So we are a little bit obsessed with butter bean dip now.
So what's different about butter bean dip versus any other type of bean dip? First of all, butter beans are super creamy so when made into a smooth paste they will have this super buttery-like consistency. They have an earthy flavour too and combined with the olive oil and lemon juice, you will get a balanced mellow taste.
How to make the perfect butter bean dip?
To make the perfect butter bean dip you need just olive oil, lemon juice and a bit of salt. Butter beans are creamy and taste beautifully on their own, so thee's not much point altering their natural taste much. We can enhance it with the olive oil and add a bit of zest with some lemon juice.
Simply add all these ingredients in a food processor and whiz until you get a smooth butter bean paste.
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Troubleshooting the butter bean dip
If the butter bean dip is too chunky, simply add a little more olive oil to the food processor. Add one teaspoon at a time to ensure it doesn't become too runny. Depending on your food processor, it may take anything from seconds to several minutes for the butter bean dip to become smooth. A little patience goes a long way.
If you want a bit more kick to the butter bean dip, add a little more lemon juice. Just super careful so you don't make the butter bean too watery. Add 1 teaspoon at a time and whiz well.
Always taste your butter bean dip and adjust the seasoning. For example, I sometimes like to add a bit of freshly cracked pepper to it but not always.
We recommend storing the butter bean dip in an air-tight container, in the fridge. If you don't like eating the butter bean dip too cold, take it out of the fridge around 10 minutes before serving. It will keep for up to 5 days if stored correctly.
Did you like our butter bean dip? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.