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Harissa-Roasted Carrot and Bean Dip

Harissa-Roasted Carrot and Bean Dip 8.000

(Aubrie Pick/Ten Speed Press)

Eat Voraciously Newsletter Weeknight Vegetarian Apr 5, 2020

The combination of harissa and mint — one spicy, one cooling — takes this dip into can’t-stop-eating territory. Instead of cannellini or other white beans (navy, great Northern, etc.), you can use pinto beans or chickpeas.

Storage Notes: The dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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Tested size: 8 servings; makes about 2 cups

  • 8 ounces carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon harissa, plus more (optional) for finishing the dish
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing the dish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked cannellini beans plus 1/2 cup cooking liquid (may substitute canned beans from one 15-ounce can, drained but not rinsed, with can liquid reserved)
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus more chopped mint for finishing the dish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

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Position the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

On a small rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with the harissa, 1 tablespoon oil and salt. Place the garlic on one side of the sheet. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until the carrots are fork-tender. Let cool slightly.

Squeeze the soft garlic cloves out of their skins into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the carrots and use a spatula to scrape in as much of the browned roasted harissa bits from the pan as possible. Reserving a few whole beans for garnish, if desired, add the rest to the food processor or blender, plus the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the mint and lemon juice and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add a little water or some of the reserved bean liquid, a few tablespoons at a time, to loosen the mixture if it is too pasty in texture. Taste, and add more salt if needed.

To serve, spoon the dip onto a shallow plate and use the back of a spoon to swirl it. Add the whole beans and a little dollop or two of harissa, if desired, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped mint. Serve with pitas, crackers or raw vegetables.

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Adapted from “Cool Beans” by Joe Yonan (Ten Speed Press, 2020).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 113

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 271mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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