Recipe: Roasted Fennel and White Bean Dip

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Roasted Fennel Dip FeatureOur great friend Emily made this fabulous appetizer for a party at the house and it was an instant hit.  The conversation switched to how she made it and where she got the recipe.  It was another great recipe from Food52 and she used one of our single varietal extra virgin olive oils.  We liked it so much we didn’t change a thing.  Once you try it, you won’t even think about the work you put into it and your guests will sing your praises!  Thanks Emily!

 

INGREDIENTS

For the roasted fennel and garlic:

  • 1 large bulb (or 2 small), green stalks trimmed and bulb cut into 1-inch pieces (see photos)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons any Olive This! Single Varietal EVOO
  • 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the white bean puree:

  • ¾ cups any Olive This! Single Varietal EVOO
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 2½ cups (about 2 cans) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F with the oven rack in the middle position.Chop Fennel for Roasted Fennel DipRemove the stalks from the fennel bulb and cut the bulb in half through the root.  With a sharp knife, cut a wedge around the core to remove it.  Chop the fennel halves into 1-inch pieces (the layers will come apart like an onion).

 

Roast Fennel and Garlic for Roasted Fennel DipTransfer the chopped fennel and 2 garlic cloves to a sheet pan and drizzle with the 2-3 tablespoons of EVOO.  Toss well to coat.

 

Fennel & Garlic on sheet panSeason liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, turning 2-3 times throughout.

 

Roasted fennel for Roasted Fennel DipOnce done, remove from oven and cool completely.  When cool, squeeze the roasted garlic from their skins.  Raise the temperature of the oven to 450 degrees F.

 

Mince Garlic and rosemary for Roasted Fennel DipWhile the fennel and garlic are cooling prepare the ingredients for the cannellini puree.  Minced the garlic, chop the rosemary.  Rinse and drain the beans.

 

Saute white beans for Roasted Fennel DipTo make the bean puree, start with heating ½ cup of EVOO in a medium skillet.  Add the minced garlic and cook until just starting to turn golden.  Add the chopped rosemary and the cannellini beans and cook for about a minute longer.  Keep an eye on the garlic so it doesn’t burn.  Remove from heat.

 

Puree white beans and EVOO for Roasted Fennel DipUsing a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add the cannellini bean mixture, roasted fennel and garlic, lemon juice, remaining ¼ cup of EVOO and all but 3 tablespoons of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Puree until you achieve a smooth consistency.

 

Transfer Fennel Dip to panTransfer the puree into a small baking dish.  Top with the remaining grated cheese, adding more if desired.

 

Baked Roasted Fennel DipIf your baking dish is filled to the top, place it on a baking sheet to catch any dip that may bubble over.  Bake until the cheese on top is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.  Serve with pita chips, crostini or fresh veggies.  Enjoy!

 

MAKES 12 SERVINGS AS AN APPETIZER

 

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