Friday, April 2, 2010

White bean and garlic dip recipe

White bean and garlic dip
It's over.  The past five years have culminated in about two and half hours of torture.  Ok, that's not true at all.  The anticipation was torture, the actual event was rather anti-climactic (I had been warned that this is how it typically unfolds, but didn't believe it until today).  But either way you look at it, I now have a Ph.D.  To help ease my nerves yesterday afternoon, I decided to make some snacks for my committee, including this white bean and garlic dip.

This dip went over extremely well, and I'm a big fan myself (even though I could barely eat anything for most of the day).  The big bowl of dip was almost entirely gone, and Mom and I may fight over the small amount left over.

White bean and garlic dip (adapted from Cooking Books)
(Printable version)

1 head garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans (or 1 can)
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 can)
juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Remove most of the outer skins from the garlic head, and cut the top off of the head so that the top of the cloves are exposed.  Place the garlic head in a piece of foil, drizzle it with a bit of olive oil, wrap it up in foil, and bake for an hour at 300.  Once the garlic is soft, let it cool for 10 minutes.

While the garlic is roasting, combine the thyme, sage, and cumin in a small skillet over medium heat, and toast until they become very fragrant (about 5 min), stirring frequently.  Squeeze garlic cloves out of their skin into a food processor, and also add toasted herbs/spice and all other ingredients.  Process until smooth, and season with salt and pepper.  Makes about 3 cups.

7 comments:

Julia said...

Congratulations!!!! Dr. Katie. Sounds terrific.

And so does the bean dip.

Kalyn said...

Wow, congratulations! I quit in the middle of graduate school and never went back, so I do have some idea of what it takes to get to this point.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

So many congratulations! So much hard work has finally paid off. You deserve a big rest for sure!

Leah said...

Hey! That's so great. Congratulations! I quit at ABD too, so I really appreciate your massive achievement.

Saswati said...

Hey katie...congrats...first time in your blog...love it.

Ann said...

Congrats :) Sounds cool. Love the dip idea looks so yum

Katie said...

Thanks, everyone!!