Garlicky Basil Spread

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 mins

This is so good!! Serve on crackers or on celery pieces, for an appy or as a condiment with meats, or make a toasted crostini of it, topped with parmesan cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. separate and peel cloves of garlic.
  2. In saucepan of boiling water, blanch garlic for 1 minute, drain (or if preferred, roast garlic).
  3. In food processor or blender or bowl, and using a fork, mash garlic, beans, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth.
  4. Stir in basil.
Most Helpful

This is so delicious! Mere words don't do it justice! I've been buying hummus and other dip/spreads pre-made. This was just so easy and so very fresh tasting! I think roasting the garlic is the way to go, and if blanching, blanch for more than one minute (3? perhaps). And (confession time) I added 4 T of white wine vinegar instead of 4 tsp by mistake. No problem, thankfully. : ) I also packed my 1/4 cup full of basil and went for the full 1/4 tsp cayenne. Thank you for another keeper! It's a great one to make for last minute guests, too. It all fit in my mini-prep (another plus, easy clean-up). lol Thanks, Dorothy!

GinnyP April 13, 2003

WOWZER! for the taste and the ease to make this. Perfect timing as my garlic is getting harve4stee as is the basil. Used Greek EVOO, cider vinegar, and 1/8 tsp of hot pepper. The girls came by and jumped in the pool as it is so hot and muggy. This was a super fast throw together while they were getting cooled off. Served with sourdough bread pieces, rosemary olive oil triscuit crackers, and some wine (for them not me- restricted right now :-() Huge hit for all of them. For me less than 10 minutes from fridge, to platter, to serve. This is a definite keeper and a make again for the cottage get togethers. Made for AUS/NZ Swap July 2013

Chef1MOM-Connie July 18, 2013

Made this for a dinner party. I toasted french bread, put the spread on top and topped with parmesan cheese, then put them under the broiler until the cheese was melted. They disappeared!

Sarabbismama November 07, 2010