Delicious, Delicious Bean Snack

I’m making an effort to cook with more beans, because it seems like a responsible, healthy, and delicious thing to do. This is made a lot easier by the wide assortment of mind-blowingly delicious heirloom beans Rancho Gordo offers. Since Pookie first introduced me to Rancho Gordo a few years ago, I’ve become something of a bean variety-aholic; I just can’t stop trying all the different types. One of my very favorites so far is their runner cannellini, which is an enormous, creamy, gorgeous, outrageously delicious white bean. I’m not a very adventurous bean cook, so I’d been buying runner cannellinis for the sole purpose of making this simple summer salad with them.

June 9 2008

Aw! This picture is from so long ago! It’s so cute!

Perhaps because she was tired of only eating beans in my standard chili recipe and the aforementioned salad, Pookie got me the Rancho Gordo cookbook last Christmas, and this past week I dug the book out and decided that dammit, summer shouldn’t be the only season in which we eat runner cannellinis. I was going to make “Cannellini Bean Confetti Spread with Roasted Garlic”, and there was nothing anyone could do to stop me!

Cannellini Beam Confetti Spread with Roasted Garlic, from Heirloom Beans

2 cups drained, cooked cannellini beans
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 roasted garlic cloves
5 ounces fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
assorted crackers and crostini for serving

In a large mortar with a pestle, or in a large bowl with a potato masher, mash together the beans, 1/4 cup olive oil, and roasted garlic until a thick, chunky paste forms. Work in the goat cheese until it is incorporated. Stir in the Parmesan, chives, and olives. Stir in a bit more olive oil, a little at a time, until the spread is thick but still moist. Season generously with salt and pepper. You will have about 3 cups. Serve at room temperature with assorted crackers and crostini for dipping.

January 29 2011

Oh my goodness. That? Was so good. We served it on slices of the world’s easiest-to-bake bread, and felt totally responsible and bean eat-y. This is a foodstuff that could easily become a habit.

[Posted by Schnookie]

7 Comments

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7 responses to “Delicious, Delicious Bean Snack

  1. Sarah

    I hope you’ll make that as a snack for our Midwinter Sew-a-Thon/Quilting Bee/Whatever We’re Calling It!!

  2. I think that’s a great idea, Sarah!

  3. Yummy. I just got back from the grocery store with some legumes too – black eyed peas. Just the thing for the predicted Snowmegeddon coming. Hey, bring on the snow. Just as long as we don’t lose power. No lights to sew by, no movies, no HEAT. Keep your fingers crossed. I hear you folks are expecting ice. Ugh.

  4. Mortar and pestle? SNORT! This is Middle Ages eating.

    But it does sound delish. Like hummous in a way, but with cheese. YUM.

  5. Mags

    Carol is right, it does sound like hummous with cheese. Which will make my vegan friends cry, but they can just suck it. More for me :D

  6. Just as long as we don’t lose power. No lights to sew by, no movies, no HEAT. Keep your fingers crossed.

    I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for you, Tram! Please do the same for us. Man, I get CRAZY worried whenever I think about being without power (you can add “no running water” to our list of things we’re without), so I’ve spent the last few days dreading this storm.

    Mortar and pestle? SNORT! This is Middle Ages eating.

    :^::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I considered leaving that part of the instructions out, because honestly — who chooses “mortar and pestle” when “potato masher” or even just “fork” is the other option? But I was quoting the cookbook, so I figured I’d stay honest.

    it does sound like hummous with cheese. Which will make my vegan friends cry, but they can just suck it.

    Exactly! This is why being a vegan is a poor life decision. I mean, voluntarily going without cheese? Who DOES that??

  7. At this time it looks like Movable Type is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

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