As promised, here is the recipe for the cheesy white bean dip that I served at my wine tasting party. During my research for the rosé taste-off, I found that this wine was easy to pair. I saw many suggestions for pairing rosé with hummus, but as a habitual hummus eater, I wanted something a little different.
I remembered back to a great trip that I took with my friend, Christine. She was presenting at a pharmacy conference in Philadelphia, so she invited me to tag along. First, we popped in on her brothers in-law in NYC, who graciously let us stay in their digs and took us around the city. In New York, we wandered the streets and stopped at a couple of wine bars to do some tastings. The bartenders were all pouring Roses, and we got to taste a few of them.
When we arrived in Philadelphia, we wanted to recreate our NYC walkabout, so we Yelped wine bars, and discovered Tria. We each ordered a glass of rose and wanted to get some good appetizers. The server suggested a cheesy white bean dip with smoked paprika toasts. The pairing was perfect, and the bean dip was so gooey and delicious, I knew the small crock wouldn’t last long. This white bean dip would be the perfect alternative to hummus to serve at the wine taste-off.
I started by roasting some cloves of garlic. (I actually tossed them onto the sheet pan with the chicken breasts I was roasting for my chicken salad lettuce wraps.) I added the roasted garlic to the food processor with white beans, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
Then, I folded cheddar cheese into the bean puree, topped it with a bit more cheese, and baked it until it bubbled. Again, I wanted to keep it light, so we served it with crudites instead of paprika toasts. The veggies went very well with the dip, especially the cauliflower, but it is actually much more delicious with the toast!
This cheesy white bean dip is so easy to whip up, especially if you use canned beans. It can also be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time. Add a bit more time to the baking if coming out the fridge.
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