Hey, do you like hummus? And crackers? And recipes that are easy? If so, you should totally read this post.
I recently got a chance to try out the new Mary's Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share one of my favorite bean dip/spread/hummus-esque recipes. Crackers are delicious on their own, but they're even better with friends (like so many things in life), and the majestic white bean is a great friend to the humble cracker. You'll see.
Here's what you'll need:
- One large (29oz/822g) can cooked white beans
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes
- 5 cloves garlic (or more, if you like having vampire-repellant breath)
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 to 2 tsp dried Italian herbs (I used 1 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried rosemary)
- 1 tsp salt
- Water as needed (see notes below)
- Tasty, tasty crackers
STEP ONE: Prep your garlic. Roasted garlic is the most delicious option, but if you're not patient enough for that then sautéing it in a bit of olive oil to take the edge off will do. You can also use it raw if you don't mind the fresh garlic "bite" and having the worst breath in the world.
STEP TWO: If you're using tomatoes packed in oil, drain 'em. If you're using the type that are dried like raisins (as pictured below) soak them in water for 10 minutes to soften them up. Save the soaking liquid - you may need it later.
STEP THREE: While your tomatoes are soaking, rinse your beans thoroughly. This will get the gross, salty can sludge off.
|Mmm, can sludge.|
STEP FOUR: Add your garlic and tomatoes to a food processor or powerful blender. (I use the Ninja Master Prep, in case anyone's looking for a recommendation.) Pulse your tomatoes and garlic a few times to break them into smaller pieces.
STEP FIVE: Add the rest of your ingredients and purée until slightly chunky. Depending on how powerful your blender is and how thick you like your spread, you may need to add a bit of liquid to keep things moving - I ended up adding 2 tbsp of water to mine. Using the liquid you soaked your dried tomatoes in will help retain some of the awesome tomatoey flavors.
STEP SIX: If you're using a blender with a tall jar, you'll probably need to scrape down the sides to make sure any runaway large chunks get integrated back into the mix. Once you've done that, purée again until semi-smooth. Taste it, add more salt if needed, and voilà!
Yeah, that's definitely a food. I garnished it with a little fresh basil to make it pretty, but that's totally optional. Nom nom nom nom nom.
I made my spread sort of on the thick side because I like being able to eat it on sandwiches and crackers without it dripping everywhere, but if you want spread with a thinner consistency just add a little more water while you're blending.
Mary's Gone Crackers NEW Super Seed Crackers:
I really enjoyed eating Mary's Gone Crackers new Super Seed crackers with my bean spread because they're satisfyingly crispy without being too greasy. They also have a slight herb-y/peppery taste, which complements the flavors in my recipe nicely. Plus these are suitable for people who have allergies or restricted diets, as they're soy-free, non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, kosher, and free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Whew, that's quite a list.
Nom nom nom. Oh, and you see all those seeds? They're rich in omega-3s. Delicious AND nutritious. You can get more info or purchase them on the Mary's Gone Crackers website.
What are your favorite types of dips to have with crackers? Do you ever make hummus or bean spreads at home?
Disclosure: I received the Mary's Gone Crackers featured in this post for review purposes. All other ingredients were purchased by me. I did not receive any other form of compensation and any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.