Recipe courtesy of David Burtka

Creamy Escarole and White Bean Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

3 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

1 medium head escarole (about 12 ounces), hand-torn into large pieces

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans (do not drain)

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

Fresh lemon juice, to taste

Crackers and/or crudites, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large high-sided saute pan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook until just starting to soften, about 1 minute. Increase the heat to medium; add the escarole and cook until just wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the white wine, 1/2 cup water, the cannellini beans (with the liquid from the can) and a large pinch of salt. Bring to a strong boil over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rosemary and cook until there is only a light coating of liquid at the bottom of the pan, about 5 more minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool at least 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed (the mixture should look similar to the texture of spinach dip). Spoon into a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 2 hours.
  3. Before serving, season the dip with lemon juice and more salt to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Serve with crackers and/or crudites.