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White Bean & Herb Spread

served warm



Serve the bean spread hot out of the oven for generating a very pleasant pepper bite. Use WASA sourdough crisp bread as “chips” for ladling out the bean mixure or as support for spooned out spread.


This is a mild bean spread full of body, aromatic essence and pleasing peppery bite. Served warm it is inviting to elevate any conversation over a glass of wine to an engaged and enticing atmosphere.

Getting Started with Cooking






Get in Advance:


½ large onion, chopped

½ red onion, chopped

¾ teaspoon dried rosemary

(or ½ tablespoon fresh tarragon and

½ teaspoon fresh rosemary)

1 1/2 cups of cooked white beans (White Great Northern beans) equals 1 15 oz can.

2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

¼ of a quarter-teaspoon of ground Cayenne pepper

½ of a quarter-teaspoon black pepper.


Have On Hand:

A fresh spring of rosemary for garnish

Crisp bread, broken in pieces for



(Adapted from "Bean by Bean," by Crescent Dragonwagon (Workman, 2012) and modified to low-salt, low-fat diet):


For 2-3 portions. Prep time: 60 min.


Prepare the Beans

In a medium sized plastic container provided with a lid

Wash 2/3 cup of dry Northern beans

Add 2 cups of water

Soak beans covered in the fridge overnight.

Next day wash beans and cook for 60 min.

Let cool down and wash again. Then set aside.


Prepare the Spread

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F

Prepare the onion mixture

In a skillet braise the onions until tender but do not brown (6 min)

Add garlic and stir for 1 min until fragrant.

Let cool down.

In the Food Processor

Add onion mixture

Add beans, vinegar, cayenne and black pepper.

Buzz until ingredients are smooth

Fill into a gratin dish

In the Oven

Put the dish in the upper most rack

Do not cover and bake for 25 min.



Serve hot in the same dish

Garnish with a spring of rosemary


Use Wasa Sourdough bread broken into smaller pieces for dipping.



Ready to go



2/3 cup beans, soaked overneight in fridge


Cooked beans, ready to be rinsed and used



Cutting the onion


Cutting the red onion



Mincing the garlic cloves


Chopped onions and galic


Onion mixture briased in covered skillet


Added herbs and garlic


Additionally braised without browning


All ingreadients filled into blender cup


Purreed white bean mixture


Ready bean mixture filled into a gratine dish


Served - Detail

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