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Rosemary White Bean Dip | Magnolia Days

Did someone say “foodball”? Because that is what I heard. I’m quite sure they probably said “football” however my brain translates it automatically. The only time I watch football is either when it is playing on the TV at a local pub or at a friend’s home. Either way food is involved. Game day nibbles are oh so good. Rosemary White Bean Dip is a tasty appetizer to munch on while watching a game.

A certain big football game is coming soon. It’s the season-ending one where the champion team is determined. That is not new or breaking news. It is only funny because if it were not for the food I would have no idea of when it occurs. I can’t even tell you which teams are playing in it. What I can tell you is I’ll be there for the festivities. I’ll be chowing while everyone is cheering.

Rosemary White Bean Dip | Magnolia Days

Rosemary White Bean Dip is an easy to make and healthy appetizer. Yea, I know, game day food typically has more of a splurge aspect. We all need a balance though. All you need to make it is a food processor. Put it all in the bowl, process it, and you are done. It is best when made a few hours before serving. I also strongly recommend using good quality extra virgin olive oil since it is used both in the dip and drizzled on top. There is no sense in having a flavorless light oil as a garnish.

How does the dip taste? Cannellini beans (aka white kidney beans) are the base. They are quite bland and heavy on their own. Citrus lightens them up. Rosemary adds freshness. Garlic accents and gives its wonderful flavor punch. The texture is similar to hummus. Actually this dip could be made into hummus by adding in tahini. Serve the dip with an assortment of crudités, pita chips, or crackers.

Rosemary White Bean Dip | Magnolia Days

Game day food needs beverages to go with them. I paired the dip with Gallo Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The citrus flavors in the Sauvignon Blanc matched up with fresh lemon juice in the dip. Rosemary is an intense flavored herb that stands up to a full-bodied red wine such as the Cabernet.

Rosemary White Bean Dip | Magnolia Days

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Rosemary White Bean Dip | Magnolia Days
4.5 from 4 votes

Rosemary White Bean Dip

Rosemary white bean dip is an easy to make appetizer for entertaining or tailgating. Serve it with vegetable crudites, pita chips, or crackers.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Author Renee


  • 1 can cannellini beans 15 ounces, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling on top
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish


  1. Place all ingredients except sprigs in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until smooth. Stop and scrape down sides as needed.
  2. Transfer dip to a serving bowl. Lightly drizzle olive oil on top. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.
  3. Best when made a couple of hours prior to serving.
  4. Serve with vegetables, pita chips, sliced baguette, or crostini.

Recipe Notes

Rosemary white bean dip is an easy to make appetizer for entertaining or tailgating. Serve it with vegetable crudites, pita chips, or crackers.

Recipe adapted from Cottage Living magazine June 2008 edition.

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Recipe Rating

Kelli's Kitchen

Saturday 31st of January 2015

I LOVE white bean dip but I've never seen any as beautiful as yours! I will have to add that to my menu tomorrow. I'm already making your "devil wing sauce" for tomorrow. we've had it several times since Halloween and it is wonderful!

Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

Now I'm wondering how many times I've accidentally typed "foodball" instead of football. Because it's so true - this sport really is all about the food. Lovely recipe, Renee!


Monday 26th of January 2015

Um - I need this dip in my life. Immediately!!!!


Monday 26th of January 2015

I've been looking for a new bean dip and I love the addition o rosemary in yours!

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Sunday 25th of January 2015

I love making white bean dips, and mmm, the rosemary in here sounds wonderful!