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How to Make a Delicious, Gluten-Free Appetizer/Dip!
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Super Bowl -- for me the best part is the food!
I admit, I'm not much of a football fan. During the regular season I'll watch a game or two with my husband, but I'm not really INTO it. However when it comes to the Super Bowl, my excitement matches his -- not so much for the game, but for the tasty food!
Who doesn't love the traditional game day snacks like a great bowl of chili piled high with cheese or plate full of spicy chicken wings? I certainly do, but sometimes I'd like to serve something different -- does a Super Bowl party have to have a Tex-Mex theme? Of course not!
I like to serve food that is a bit unexpected but still easy to make and absolutely delicious! For instance this year I'm swapping out the chili for a savory Muffuletta - a sandwich made with a large round Italian loaf layered with olive tapenade and cured meats and cheese (yummy!), and I'm replacing the chicken wings with stuffed mushrooms. Both of these items take a little bit of preparation but are actually much easier to make!
And instead of predictable tortilla chips and salsa, I like to make one of my favorite recipes for any kind of party or get-together. It's Rosemary White Bean Dip - a creamy spread that is sort of like hummus but with a Mediterranean flair.
Assorted Veggies are Easy & Healthy
Healthy & Gluten Free
So many health-conscious dieters are converting to the gluten-free life. Some people who have celiac disease really need to cut gluten out of their diets for serious health reasons. But so many people I know say they just feel better when they eat less gluten -- their digestion is better, their energy level increases, and they even lose weight!
Not only is this Rosemary White Bean dip tasty, it's healthy and gluten-free. I love it with toasted French bread rounds or pita chips, but it's equally delicious with baby carrots, broccoli or sliced red peppers for a complete gluten-free snack. And if you really want to get fancy, add peppery radishes, sliced summer squash or zucchini. And unlike so many "healthy" foods, this creamy dip is filling because the white beans are packed with protein!
Perfect for Parties
Rosemary White Bean Dip will be a hit on game day, but it's a great addition to your table at a casual get-together or even a trendy cocktail party. The fresh rosemary gives this creamy dip an incredible depth of flavor, and the delicious - and healthy! - olive oil gives it a luscious richness. Serving this elegant, garlicky, herby spread will make your friends think you've got sophisticated taste and mad cooking skills!
I especially like to make it for outdoor parties like picnics or barbecues because you don't have to worry about this dip sitting out for long periods of time. There are no ingredients like dairy or mayo or eggs in it, so there's nothing that will go bad over time. The creamy richness comes from the beans.
Quick & Easy Blending
I use the Magic Bullet to whip up Rosemary White Bean Dip -- it's literally done in less than five minutes. This little appliance is an absolute must-have in the kitchen! The blending tool can be used for smoothies, dips, and guacamole. The included chopping tool is great for nuts, spices and even making whipped cream! And it's small size makes it so convenient to use every single day!
Rosemary White Bean Dip
- 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- pinch salt
- 4 sprigs rosemary, minced
- Additional sprig rosemary for garnish
Perfect for a Football Party
Cutest Super Bowl appetizer set! It's roomy enough for your favorite chips and dip, or even hot appetizers. You can easily use it for mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce or buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing. A great addition to a football-themed party!
- Combine first six ingredients in a blender. Pulse until creamy and well blended.
- Pour contents into a decorative bowl. Top with an additional drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of rosemary.
- Serve with toasted French bread, pita chips or your favorite dipping veggies for a healthy, gluten-free snack.
This creamy dip is more than incredibly tasty -- it's perfect for a game-day crowd because the recipe can be doubled and even tripled. Make a huge batch - believe me it won't last for long! Happy dipping!