When I’m throwing a party, the last thing I want to do is make several complicated dishes – especially when it comes to appetizers. I learned this the hard way with previous parties, when I became overexcited about 6 different small plates and didn’t consider the amount of time each one would take to make. It’s led to some very frazzled evenings where I have trouble relaxing at my own party, which is the last thing you want to happen.
In my opinion, appetizers should be effortless to make and easy for my guests to eat. Dips always come to mind as the perfect solution. You can really get creative with dips (we’ve come a long way since those 1950s versions with fake onion flavoring!), and I love how easy they are to make in a food processor. This dip, made with white beans and goat cheese, is a true winner in my book. It’s perfectly creamy and so flavorful; for looking so elegant, your guests would never guess it took 5 minutes to make. All it takes is a few ingredients and a quick spin in the food processor. With some crackers, bread or pita, your guests won’t be able to stop nibbling on it. The best part? You can make it the night before your party to save time – just take it out 30 minutes before to let it reach room temperature.
- 1 15 oz. can cannelini beans or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb mix (mine is dried oregano, basil, thyme and garlic)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add additional salt to taste.
- Serve at room temperature with crackers, bread or pita.