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Creamy Butter Bean Dip by Theo Michaels

Makes: 1 bowlRecipe course: Dips, StartersMachine: MixerTotal time (min.): 6
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This delicious garlicky dip makes a great alternative to hummus and is quick and easy to make. Use the best quality butter/lima beans you can find – the ones you buy in a jar rather than in a can have a more velvety texture, which is what we want here, but canned work well too.




  1. Add the butter/lima beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and 1 tablespoon water to a food processor and blend until almost smooth – a little coarseness is quite nice. (If you prefer, put the ingredients in a bowl and use a hand-held stick blender to do this.)
  2. Once blended, add the chopped parsley and fold it in by hand. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  3. Spoon a couple of dollops of the dip directly onto your board and use the back of a spoon to make a swirl. Garnish with a sprinkle of the preserved lemon pieces, chilli/hot red pepper flakes, oregano and a little drizzle of olive oil.