Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ridiculously Easy Black Bean and Artichoke Dip


I'm a wee bit stunned right now, having just come from the car dealership where I purchased the most expensive thing I've ever bought in my life. Uh... a car. A new car at that. It is a lovely car, safe, grey, good sound system, lots of space for my dog in the back. And I'm sure once the shock wears off and I sort out selling my old car* I will be wildly pleased and able to enjoy the new car.

In the meantime though, I need a beer. And some snacks. Stat. And that's where this black bean dip comes in. It is one of those things I often forget about and then when I make it again I wonder why I don't make it all the time. It's great for dipping tortilla chips into and equally good as a proteiny sandwich spread. It also keeps well in the fridge for a few days which is a big plus for me since I often arrive home from work hungry and need to have easy and healthy snacks on hand.

black beans and artichokes

Ridiculously Easy Black Bean and Artichoke Dip

2 cups of black beans (approximately 1 can if you're using canned)
1 cup of artichoke hearts (more if you really like 'em!)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste

If you are using artichoke hearts that aren't packed in oil, then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil as well.

If using canned ingredients, drain them but don't rinse them.

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve with chips or spread on bread.

Some notes:

-Mark Bittman over at the New York Times Bitten Blog did a great post about what should be in your well-stocked pantry for 2009. About dried beans he said, "more economical, better tasting, space saving and available in far more varieties. Cook a pound once a week and you’ll always have them around..." So true. I cook a whole bunch of beans at once and then freeze 250 ml containers of them to use at a later date. Cheap, fresh, and convenient.

-Fresh cilantro is also nice in this, just wash it well because no one wants gritty dip.

-Did I mention that I just BOUGHT a CAR?!?! I think I need to go lie down...


*Anyone want to buy a 1998 Subaru Legacy station wagon with windsheild wipers that usually work?

1 comment:

peggy said...

pretty picture. i think that i might just try that dip. roasted garlic would be banging...