This extraordinary rustic Roasted Pepper White Bean Dip has a wonderful blend of Italian and Mexican flavors all rolled in one! White beans, red peppers, cheese and olive oil offer an Italian character while the poblano and Serrano peppers give it a Mexican appeal. It’s great for dipping veggies or slathering it on bread!
I can’t believe it has already been over two weeks since Robby and I attended Erin and Leif ‘s amazing Thanksgiving dinner party. They had a potluck with over 30 guests, so you can imagine just how much food there was. The myriad of smells from the kitchen wafted from room to room. It was a fun filled festive evening with kids running around having the time of their lives. There were numerous conversations going on simultaneously throughout the house. We also had some impromptu bluegrass music with Robby on guitar and our friend Alison playing banjo and singing. It was an all around awesome evening! To me, Thanksgiving is all about having gratitude for all that is good in our lives and letting go of the rest!
This weekend we had the honor of attending Paloma’s 5th birthday party and boy was it ever cute. Paloma is very creative and played a big part in the planning of her own party. The party theme was my little pony and she insisted that her and her dad design and build a custom my little pony piñata, which turned out amazing. There was a fun snow globe art project set up for all the kids. I asked Jill where did she come up with the idea and she said “It was all Paloma! She saw a YouTube video on how to make your own snow globes and asked if we could get the supplies for her party.” Jill glued a small plastic pony to the inside of the jar’s lid; then she had the kids add different colors, shapes and sizes of glitter into the jar and then she filled them up with baby oil. The baby oil lets the glitter fall slowly. Everyone was very impressed! Paloma also requested rainbow cupcakes with glittery frosting which Jill had to make from scratch. They were the fanciest glitter rainbow cupcakes I have ever seen! The highlight of the party was a pony dressed as a princess unicorn. All the kids stood in line to ride the pony, I mean Unicorn. Paloma said, “This is the best birthday party EVER”
As it is the time for parties this dip is the perfect way to help spice them up. I plan to bring this to my dad and stepmom’s Christmas party. I think they will appreciate this spicy dip!
Because this dip is spicy it pairs well with a Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or a Verdejo.
Roasted Pepper White Bean Dip Recipe:
Approx. 3 1/2 Cups
- 1 Cup Dried White Beans – 2 cups cooked
- 10 Cups Filtered Water
- 1 Red Bell Pepper – roasted
- 1 Large or 2 Small Poblano – roasted
- 1 Serrano – roasted
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Pecorino Cheese – finely shredded
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
- Serrano Peppers – thinly sliced or minced
- Paprika – ground
- Turmeric – ground
Turn the oven to broil and place the baking sheet on top shelf of the oven and broil for 4 – 5 minutes. Flip over and broil 3 – 4 minutes until they are well charred. Peel off the skin with a paper towel by rubbing off the charred skin, cut off the stem, cut in half and deseed.
* If you like it spicy leave the seeds in the Serrano peppers
Add everything to a food processor or blender and puree.
White Beans are a super rich source of dietary fiber, which is good for the prevention of constipation, also helps digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. They are great for heart health because of their significant amounts of folate (support of red blood cell formation, one cup of the cooked beans provides 63.7% of the recommended daily intake for folate) and magnesium (lowers blood pressure). They are good for helping insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, and help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady energy.
Poblano Peppers are extremely high in vitamin C; just one pepper has 95% of your daily value. They are great for your immune system and help to reduce inflammation like in arthritis and asthma. They are also helpful with the increase of oxygen helping the body to burn more calories 20 minutes after eating peppers. They are full of vitamin A, vitamin K, and potassium.
Bell Peppers are extremely high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy eyesight especially night vision. It is also very high in vitamin C, which is really important for the skin. They have a good source of the antioxidant mineral manganese and B-complex and vitamin E. They help reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, helps controls diabetes and helps reduce pain. They are a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin K, molybdenum and manganese. Red peppers are one of the veggies highest in lycopene and have been successfully tested in the prevention of many cancers. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, giving many fruits and vegetables their color, especially tomatoes, that are great for the prevention of cancers in the bladder, prostate, cervix and pancreas.