Justine says: “I am rather undecided what the best name for this little dish is: it is a sort of hummus, but has so many other lovely bits in it that have settled on calling it a dip- it’d be perfect with fresh vegetables, but, as pictured, I use it as a spread on seed crackers, and it is also brilliant spread on toast, and topped with a fried egg and a little grated parmesan. I pop my leftover dip into an old jam jar- I keep my jam jars as I use them for a wide variety of purposes, and find they come in very handy for things such as this.”
Serves 2 as a light lunch, with crackers and a salad
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
1 red onion, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled and kept whole
1 red pepper, topped and deseeded, and cut into quarters
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Small handful coriander
A few sprigs each of coriander, parsley and basil
Zest and juice of ¼ lemon
¼ cup grated parmesan
Good grinding black pepper
½ tsp Maldon salt
½ tsp Sweet Paprika (Pimenton)
Pop the red pepper, onion and garlic into a small roasting tin, drizzle with 2 tbsp of the olive oil, and roast for 30-40 minutes. If you have a fan oven, or one which dries roasts out, please cover with a tin foil type lid, loosely. You want the vegetables to roast, and be slightly blackened at the end of the cooking time. Remove from the oven and set aside when done.
Rinse and drain your cannellini beans and place them in a medium sized bowl or jug, one with fairly high sides as you will be whizzing it all up with a blender.
Add the roasted vegetables, including the oil from the pan, and the rest of the ingredients. Blend to a smooth paste using a hand held blender. Taste for seasoning, and adjust to taste.
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