Spicy White Bean Dip

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If you scan the start of my blog, you might think that I have a slight addiction to the sweeter items, but actually the opposite is true. My husband is the one with the massive sweet tooth, I prefer to indulge in saltier snacks. Sometimes, when trying to come up with a plan for dinner, I plan dessert first and see if we need to have a smaller dinner to accommodate. On nights where dinner needs to be light, I prefer to make a platter of sorts with a gorgeous, shining star of a dip to anchor the whole thing. I like my dips on the creamier side, and I believe this has something to do with the fact that I am obsessed with Queso. I used to spend a great deal of time trying every different kind on the market before I finally landed on a version from Trader Joe's. While this dip is really far from Queso, the flavor profile is amazing which has everything to do with roasted garlic. If you have never roasted garlic before please give it a try. It's insanely easy, and there are a lot of tutorials floating over the Internet. But, if you don't have the time, this works just as well with a regular clove, just pop in a bit less than listed. This blog is about creating small batches for one or two people, so using the whole can might leave you with some boring leftovers if served with a large meal. I recommend putting on a movie and serving this dip along with a platter of roasted veggies, pita chips and some crusty bread. It has a little bit of a lighter flavor profile than hummus and is a great way to change things up a bit. If you have any herbs, they pair extremely well mixed into this dip. It's versatile and easy, the way simple meals should be.  

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spicy white bean dip