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ROASTED CARROT AND WHITE BEAN DIP: THE BEST NEW YEAR'S EVE APPETIZER TO NOSH ON THE COUCH

December 30, 2020

ROASTED CARROT AND WHITE BEAN DIP: THE BEST NEW YEAR'S EVE APPETIZER TO NOSH ON THE COUCH

The festivities might be looking a little different this year (read: waaaay tamer), but that doesn’t mean the New Year's Eve appetizers have to be. After all the holiday shopping, long-distance Zooming, and bonbon and pumpkin pie making, we’re going to be skipping the laborious dinner spreads in favor of our must-try couch-friendly dip—with side of Amaranth Rice Cakes that bring in the perfect crunch. 

Oh and did we mention that this combo pairs nicely with PJs (because we all know that's going to be a popular choice of attire after 9 p.m., especially in this house) and a couple glasses (or even the whole bottle for one; no judgment here) of bubbly?


So pour yourself a glass of whatever you fancy and let's do this: 

〰 Creamy
〰 Fluffy 
〰 BIG on flavour 
〰 Hearty
〰 Healthy 
〰 SO satisfying
+ SUPER delicious dip 

 
TIME NEEDED: 40 minutes 


INGREDIENTS

  • 5 large carrots (about 2 cups), peeled + roughly chopped 
  • 1 can (about 15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 TSP gluten-free tamari (optional)
  • 2 TSPs smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts (sub cashews or almonds)
  • 1 2 TBSPs filtered water 
  • 6 TBSPs extra virgin olive oil 
  • salt + pepper to taste 
  • almond slices or cashew pieces for garnish 
  • Smartbite Rice Cakes + Amaranth

 

 

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Peel and discard the papery outer layers of the whole garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to a 1/2 inch from the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.

4. Place the garlic head on the baking sheet with carrots, cut side up. Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves.

5. Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Add the walnuts to the baking sheet with the vegetables in an even layer and roast another 10 minutes until the veggies are tender and edges are browned and the walnuts have turned a shade darker. Cool and remove roasted garlic cloves from their skins. Allow the roasted veggies to cool enough so you can touch them without burning yourself.

6. In a food processor (or a high speed blender), place the roasted vegetables, walnuts and all remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Add 3 TBSPs olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. If you are after a smoother consistency, add a tablespoon or two of filtered water, if desired.

7. And now comes the fun part. Think about what you want your 2021 to look like. And once you nail that down, pick a cookie cutter in the shape of whatever it is that you wish for. We went for a star shaped cookie cutter (or rather a rice cake cutter) because we want to finally embark on our music career and become a pop star. 

 

NOTES 

〰 For a nut free option, use hulled pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts

〰 This dip is also delicious as a sandwich spread or add a dollop to a Buddha bowl!

 

 

 

 
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