White Bean Dip With Basil Oil

READY IN: 18mins
Recipe by Kiwi Kathy

A tasty starter that is an ideal treat when having friends around. Leftover dip (if any) can be used on sandwiches, or with grilled lamb, pork or beef sausages. From Recipes+, May 09

Top Review by French Tart

This is one of the best dips I have ever made and tasted.............absolutely DELICIOUS! I made the dip as posted, but instead of serving with the Lebanese bread, I used some slices of my Recipe #192012 which I toasted, only because I had a whole loaf available! To get the fennel and cumin into the flavours, I added the cumin and fennel seeds to the basil oil........and it worked perfectly! I am planning to make this again for friends this weekend, this batch was made for the Oscars NIght as nibbles, and it hit the spot. Made for the Aus/NZ recipe swap and a 10 star recipe thanks KK! FT:-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place basil in a large heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over and cover. Stand 30 seconds; drain. Refresh under cold water. Process basil, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 cup extra light olive oil until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cover surface directly with plastic wrap.
  2. Process beans with the feta, remaining extra virgin olive oil, garlic and juice until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 160 degrees fan forced. Cut bread into triangles. Place on baking trays. Brush with remaining extra light olive oil; sprinkle bread with combined seeds and cumin. Bake for for 3 - 4 minutes or until crisp.
  4. Drizzle dip with 1/3 cup basil oil then serve with bread.
  5. Enjoy.

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