Friday, December 07, 2007

White Bean and Artichoke Dip Recipe with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips

You'll love this healthier artichoke dip with white beans and homemade whole wheat tortilla chips.

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It's one week into December, and we're now officially into the season of festive food. Often holiday food is loaded with a lot of fat, sugar, of empty carbs that many people would really like to avoid. I don't believe in being a diet Nazi, and there's no doubt this month I'll eat plenty of things that I'd avoid other times of the year. Still, if I'm taking a dish to a holiday party and I can make something that's interesting, tasty, and still manages to be low-glycemic and diet friendly, then I'll be a happy woman. This recipe is my type of festive food, and again this year the wonderful Anna from Morsels and Musings is hosting a Festive Food Fair for bloggers to share special recipes, so this is my contribution. Check back at Morsels and Musings on December 14 to see the whole collection of festive foods.

I discovered this dip recipe in a cookbook I just got called Cooking New American. The book is over ten years old but it's published by Fine Cooking Magazine, and I'm finding a lot of good recipes there. All I had to see was "white bean and artichoke dip" and this recipe definitely got my attention. As usual with the recipes I find from Fine Cooking, I loved how this turned out. Not only that, I think it would be great fun for a party, since everyone will think it's hummus, and when they take a bit their taste buds will scream, "Hey, what is that taste!"

I used whole wheat flour tortillas to make the tortilla chips, which made this already low-glycemic recipe even better for someone who's following the South Beach Diet. (You can use low-carb tortillas if you want to make the car count even lower.)  You could also use whole wheat pita bread, or even use regular tortilla chips if you're not worried about the glycemic index.

White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips
(Makes about 2 cups of dip, recipe from Cooking New American.)

Tortilla Chips Ingredients:
6-8 whole wheat flour tortillas (can also use pita bread)
olive oil for brushing on tortillas (I used a mister)
salt for sprinkling on tortillas (I used Vege-Sal)

Dip Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts (I used artichoke bottoms which have hearts only, no leaves)
1 small clove garlic, chopped (about one tsp. chopped garlic)
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling on top
3 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary (I used frozen rosemary, if you only have dried rosemary be sure it's completely crushed)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
sweet paprika, for garnish

Preheat broiler and get out a large cookie sheet for toasting tortilla chips. Brush or spray each flour tortilla with olive oil, then cut into triangles. Arrange in single layer on cookie sheet and toast under the broiler, about 3-4 minutes per side. Watch them carefully, because they get too dark rather quickly. Chips will seem soft when you take them out of the oven, but they harden and crisp as they cool.

Drain beans into colander and rinse well, until no foam remains. Let drain at least 5 minutes. Drain artichokes. In food processor, combine beans, artichokes, garlic, and lemon juice and blend until fairly smooth. Keep food processor motor running and add the olive oil in a stream. Add Parmesan, and finely chopped fresh rosemary and pulse about 10 times to blend. Season dip to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Place dip in a serving bowl, sprinkle with a small amount of paprika and drizzle over a small amount of olive. Arrange tortilla chips around bowl and serve.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This dip with 100% whole wheat tortilla chips (or pita bread) is a good choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.

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More Tasty and Festive Dips with Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus
White Bean Dip and Baked Wonton Chips from The Unemployed Cook
Roasted Garlic, Pepper, and White Bean Dip from Daily Unadventures in Cooking
White Bean Puree with Polenta Crackers from Brownie Points
Roasted Garlic, Artichoke, and White Bean Spread from Gluten-Free Bay
White Bean Puree with Sun-Dried Tomatoes from Well Fed
Hummus Dilettante from Desert Candy
Hummus from Simply Recipes
Green Onion Hummus from Je Mange la Ville
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  1. A wonderful combination of artichokes and beans. Who said dips are only for summer?

  2. Yum Kalyn. This sounds absolutely delicious and very simple to make. My husband can't bear the sight of white beans but this is a good way to disguise them... ha ha!

  3. Kalyn, thanks for this recipe! It looks fabulous. I have been making a lot of hummus lately, and this will be a nice change-up, especially for my vegan son to enjoy when he comes home to visit.

    warm regards;

  4. I love whole wheat tortillas! Does that make me a good accompaniment, or a dip, too?

  5. Wonderful! Always in the market for the low fat dips!! And I'm always happy for beans.

  6. Thanks for the great recipe. I can't wait to try this one. I have a few parties coming up and this will be perfect!

  7. I have to say, this sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  8. Yummm. This sounds really delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. So glad everyone likes the sound of this, I loved it! And I do think it would be great fun to watch people as they eat it and try to figure out what it is, aren't I devious.

    David, you are definitely a good accompaniment, not a dip!

  10. Thanks Kel! I'm trying to ignore this birthday since next year is a biggie!

  11. Artichoks and beans- what's not to love? This sounds like a great and healthy game day snack!

  12. I love this recipe -- it combines two wonderful dips (white bean and artichoke) into one! So clever.

  13. Great recipe Kalyn. I'll make this when the crowds come for Christmas.

  14. What a great combination. Sometimes white bean dips on their own can be a bit dull. I love the incorporation of the artichokes. I might even sprinkle some paprika on it. Would be great with tortilla chips made from corn tortillas.

  15. I love the white bean and archichoke combination...looks great!

  16. I've been craving something like this, Kalyn.

  17. I just bought a can of artichoke hearts and was wondering what to do with it: here's the answer!

  18. That combination of flavours sounds amazing - the perfect thing to serve people with drinks while you put the finishing touches to the meal. And I love the DIY tortilla chips! (although my personal weakness is the flaxseed tortila chips from Trader Joe's...)

  19. Well, I love artichoke dip, and I love bean dip, so this has to be great. Another wonderful recipe, Kalyn!

  20. Fabulous and easily made, too. I used canned artichoke quarters, well-drained, because I had them in the cupboard.
    This was a big hit at a Christmas Eve appetizer party.
    Thanks for posting the recipe and inspiring me!

  21. Do you ever serve this dip with chickpea bread?

  22. Haven't tried serving it with chickpea bread, but it would be a great idea. If anyone has a good recipe for Chickpea bread I'd love to have it. I've made Farinata, but it was more like a cracker than a bread.

  23. I saw this recipe and it sounded sooooo good that I had to try it with ingredients I had on hand. I used butter beans, hearts from steamed fresh artichokes, and lime juice. I didn't have the rosemary or parmesan, so I omitted those. I didn't have tortillas or pitas, so I just had it with whole wheat toast. It was still fabulous! Next time I'll plan ahead to make it with everything else, but for now thanks for a good basic recipe that can be done in a variety of ways!

  24. Annie, glad to hear it worked for you!


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