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Greener Game Day Recipe

Every football (or futból) party needs a bean dip, right? But must they all have seven layers? Here’s our favorite game day recipe.

Game Day Recipe - Bean Dip

This purist’s version uses lima beans, but you could use lentils, favas, cannellini beans or any legume you choose. To make a speedier version, use canned or frozen beans and to make it extra fancy, add some chopped fresh herbs. Don’t forget to finish it with a liberal dose of olio nuovo.


From Saveur Magazine


2 cups fresh shelled or frozen baby lima beans
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon
Freshly ground black pepper
Country-style bread, toasted and cut into small
squares or triangles


1. Combine lima beans, garlic, 1/2 cup water and a generous pinch of salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are very soft, about 15 minutes.

2. Coarsely purée beans and garlic in a food processor. Transfer to a small bowl and gradually beat in olive oil. Remove zest from lemon with a zester or vegetable peeler, then finely julienne zest and set aside. Halve lemon and add lemon juice to purée to taste, then season with salt and pepper. Serve in a small bowl with toasted bread on the side, or top toast with lima mash, drizzle with a little olive oil, and garnish with lemon zest.


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