Use fresh sprigs of rosemary to garnish this zesty combination of cannellini beans, herbs and spices. Serve with bread and crackers. Borlotti beans can be substituted for cannellini beans.
Altered ingredient amounts. OK, I hate beans, but was trying to introduce more of them into my diet. I made this and doubled all the spices for fear of getting that beany taste I hate. It was really good (though I will follow the recipe next time, as the spices were a bit overwhelming). It was good hot (though it never became "bubbly" as the recipe suggests), but I think next time I might try it cold. It is a major accomplishment that I am going to try this recipe again, given that I don't like beans!!! - 29 Sep 2008
Altered ingredient amounts. I also hate beans but I know they are very good for you, so I decided to make this recipe based on another bean-hating reviewer's positive comments. I was afraid of this turning out too "bean-y," so I used all the ingredients except only one can of the beans (a lower-sodium brand from Whole Foods). And I used fresh instead of dried rosemary. I put the mixture in a pie plate and then into the oven and crumbled two pieces of bacon on top. I baked it for 20 minutes (it didn't bubble) but it was great as a dip with whole wheat pita bread pieces. I would definitely make this for a party or even eat it for dinner again. Bean haters, give this a try! - 29 Sep 2008
You have to really like rosemary to love this spread. I thought it was good but a little too rosemary-y. Next time I will use half the rosemary and some other herb or spice, not sure what yet. Mine never did bubble either and got a little dry, could use some moisture or creaminess. Maybe I'll try adding a little cream cheese next time. Tasted good with Frank's Hot sauce. - 29 Sep 2008