White Bean and Sesame Spread

Try this versatile, vibrant dip as part of a crostini bar sampler: serve atop Crostini Toasts with Crostini Bar: Smoky Eggplant and Roasted Garlic Spread, Crostini Bar: Mushroom “Paté,”Crostini Bar: Raw Zucchini and Corn Crostini Topper and Crostini Bar: Puttanesca Bruschetta.


  • 1 head garlic, roasted with rosemary until soft
  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 ounces), rinsed and drained well
  • 3 tablespoons sesame tahini paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • Chopped parsley, chili pepper and lemon zest or minced scallions, for garnish


Squish the roasted garlic away from skin and drop the cloves into a food processor. Add the beans. Mix the tahini with a couple of tablespoons of water, then add to the processor along with the lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.

Transfer the white bean spread to a serving bowl and garnish. Serve with charred or toasted bread.

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