Thank you all for coming.

Now if everyone could please take their seats. That would be. Well. Mandatory. But nice. It would also be nice.

Please silence all electronic devices that may or may not make noise during this presentation.

Including, but not limited to: cell phones, pagers, iPods, iPads, mP3 players, Discmans (way to date yourself, Jo. Good job.), baby monitors and small children.

Silence. Not vibrate.

I know you think it is really critical for you to receive and respond to every email or text message that enters your inbox at any given moment. Or to hear your three month old crying in the next room. But both can wait. (I’m a firm believer in the tough love method of parenting. In conjunction with the send your child to live with your mother method. Both of which are Dr. Spock-approved. And negate the need for your to hear your child’s every gurgle. Trust me. Turn that thing off.)

Be strong. You can do it.
In case of an emergency walk, don’t run to the nearest emergency exit.

In fact. Take some time right now to locate the nearest emergency exit.

Okay never mind. There are no emergency exits. We’re in this for the long haul. For better or worse.

So in the case of an emergency. We are going to sit down on the floor in a huge circle, hold hands, and sway back and forth while singing Kumbaya.

Followed up by the Black-Eyed Peas’ I’ve Got A Feeling. The power of positive thinking, people! Plus I just really like that song.
Remember to keep your hands and feet inside the moving vehicle at all times.

And buckle up. It’s the law.

What? Um. Wrong public service announcement. But good advice nonetheless.

Also. While we’re at it. Wear sunscreen. And don’t take candy from strangers. Or, better yet, take the candy. And run. Then somehow find a way to turn it into a made-for-tv-movie about your life. Or a made-for-tv-blog post.

At least. That’s what I would do.
Speaking of which. Did I mention that it was movie night here in the Bruno household? (And by movie night I mean watch-chick-flicks-using-your-friend-Justin’s-Netflix-account-that-he-has-forgotten-he’s-given-you-his-password-to night.)

And do you know what movie night calls for? Snack food. Something you can put in a bowl and then shove into your mouth by the handful.

Popcorn. Nachos. Potato chips.

White bean dip and homemade pita bread.

Don’t judge. One bite of this dip, which is creamy and so beautifully spiced that you just. Can’t. Stop. Eating it. And you’ll be going at it with your hands too. Or a really big spoon. I promise.

Oh and the homemade pitas are pretty damn good too. Just saying.

White Bean Dip
Makes about 2 cups, adapted from How To Cook Everything

2 cups cooked white beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the beans with olive oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger in a food processor, and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

With this, I made the Turkish-Style Pita Bread from HBinFive. And some sweet potatoes. For dipping. But I think it would also be delicious with any other raw vegetable or chip that you want to dip into it. Or on a sandwich. Whatever floats your boat.

This is my submission to IHCC, the theme of which is Movie Night!

It will also be posted on the HBinFive round-up on Big Black Dog on the 15th!

And it has been yeastspotted!

Reminder! Regional Recipes: Vietnam!

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95 Responses to Bittman’s White Bean Dip on Turkish-Style Pita Bread

  1. Yummy! I love the bean dip recipe. Are you hosting an event (RR:Vietnam)?I think I just missed out on that announcement.

  2. Ty'sMommy says:

    Oh, I do love me some white beans, yes I do. I’m not judging, I’d gladly sit in front of a movie and do some serious damage to that dip!

    Great post, too, love the public service announcement.

  3. Yosha says:

    I was just telling my mom that I wanted to make some sort of hummus like dip, not hummus since that’s all I’ve been eating lately! This is perfect!

    Oh wait, did you feature a home made pita recipe and I missed it?! Would you mind pointing me to the post?!

  4. Pam says:

    This would be a perfect meal….love it! Great job Joanne!


  5. Pam says:

    This sounds delicious!!! With that combo of ingredients, it has to be great!

  6. Lori says:

    I have to try some white bean dip. I have recipes in my collection, but have never tried it. I know i would love it. This one sounds especially good. And pitas! Have to try making those too. I have a lot to do. Better get to it!

  7. Katie says:

    I love this dip! I made it a few years ago when I first got How to Cook Everything, and it quickly became my go-to white bean dip.

  8. Tasha says:

    Love any kind of bean dip- and with these spices this one sounds wonderful!

  9. Debbi Smith says:

    Any kind of bean dip rocks for me. I don’t make it too often because typically I am the only one who eats it. And I do. All of it. Total lack of control.

    I’m sure you have but you’ve seen the Oprah/Black Eyed Peas dance thing right? I just thought of that when reading that you liked the Peas.

  10. Angie says:

    This dip looks amazing. I have never done anything with white beans, this is a great idea

  11. polwig says:

    Looks yummy… did I mention I love cumin πŸ™‚ The begining did remind me of a lecure hall though πŸ™‚

  12. Raina says:

    Put your hands up! Your in violation of making too many awesome foods..LOL! You can tell I am old because I use LOL way too much. It is pretty much the only text abbreviation I know..LOL (sorry). I cannot wait to try this dip. It looks incredible and homemade pitas..come on, too freakin good. I am glad you shut your electronic devices off. Bet the movie was way better with these goodies.

  13. The dip looks delicious… homemade pitas and the dip…mmmm mouthwatering….A great combo, Joanne πŸ™‚

  14. MaryMoh says:

    Mmm…a heathy dip. Looks simple and very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  15. You do have a ways with words. I love the write-ups. Sometimes I understand the medical terminology/jargon and most of the time don’t. But always makes me smile in the end. And always wonder how you can find time to juggle everything.
    Time management — something not in my blood.But in the process of doing a transfusion(how do you like my med-talk, lol).Anywayz, the white bean dip is looking fabulous and perfect/healthy option for a movie-night.

  16. elra says:

    What a delicious dips, I suppose it is healthier too.

  17. I had a recent failed experiment with white bean dip, but this one sounds simple and delicious. I’m totally going to make this to redeem my bean dip failure.

  18. Mo Diva says:

    i couldnt decide if i wanted to go on this trip where I neeed to know where the exits where or if i wanted to hop a train to your casa to get a whiff of said dip.
    Que Rico!
    it looks like something i would want to eat by the spoonful. If you have a break comin up in school i think we should have a girls night just like that!

  19. The white bean dip sounds super! I’d love to make it soon!

  20. Kelsey says:

    oh i love a good bean dip recipe! thank you! omg and how fun was it reading this post!!! is it weird that i totally sat down when u told me too? no guess not, it was expected πŸ™‚

  21. It’s amazing to me how many people talk about Bittman on food blogs. I really don’t get it.

    Your white bean dip looks really good.


  22. Julie says:

    can we talk about the fact that i heard the wear sunscreen song on the radio the other morning and i wanted to die and go to old school heaven πŸ™‚

  23. Pam says:

    White bean dip is my go to snack that I always bring with me to parties. Everyone loves it!

  24. Feed this to me and I’ll turn off my iPod and cell Phone!

  25. Katerina says:

    I love beans and I bet this is irresistible.

  26. Dana says:

    Nice job on the pita! I haven’t made it in a long time – flatbread yes, but not pita. More and more I’m thinking I need to buy that book…

  27. Andreas says:

    The bean dip sounds very tasty and pita goes with anything.

  28. MMMMMMMMMM dips. bittman rocks.

    dude, i should just gchat you up when i’m feeling down. my coach gave me his number to call and leave voicemails. but for sure, imma hit you up when i feel down.

    hey. you ever wanna do a guest post?

  29. teresa says:

    yeah, i’d sit in silence the entire day for a dip like this!

    discmans! seems so long ago doesn’t it!

  30. Danielle says:

    I want some white bean dip and a chick flick movie night!! (can you hear me whining?) I just need to regain control of my tv. But seriously….this dip sounds wonderful

  31. Seat….where …where…where is my seat to take….i cant take a seat that aint there….gosh am late that there’s no seat left for me:-)))
    And while u r at getting me a seat,will ya pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee, get me ur fav,SPF 50 ,sunscreen too, i forgot mine at ….i dont know where…LOL…
    Ok gurl ,u have so muc of deliciousness here dat u had me tizzy =bonkers + somewhere around sooonnn it will be 3am and so hoping u tke a short little break for a breath of fresh air[=FB]…

    Honestly ,ur jus getting genius here,and that pretty muc says what i and the rest of the world think of ur creation here:-))

  32. Amy says:

    There was a woman at the park the other day, juggling headphones, wires, portable tv screens…all while her 3 year old was about to walk into the street. Hello.

    Anyway, white beans. Love ’em. I have so many cans of cannellini beans and butter beans on hand, just in case a recipe comes along… just sayin’.

  33. Ya know…I never did meet a white bean & rosemary dip that I didn’t love.

  34. Pam says:

    I am loving that dip and the homemade pita bread… perfect for movie night!

  35. I need to try this…I love white beans just never had them as a dip

  36. Faith says:

    Great post, Joanne! This dip looks amazing. I would never have thought to add those warm spices like cinnamon and ginger, but they sound fantatic in there!

  37. Erica says:

    This is a fun post!!!Love bean dips!!!This looks delicious.

  38. jayasri says:

    Lovely post!!, dip looks amazing with pita bread!!, Mmm.., perfect for a movie night

  39. grace says:

    see, now i wouldn’t be able to focus on any movie if a dip like this was anywhere near me. it’d have my undivided attention. πŸ™‚

  40. Love the bean dip and the pita bread. Nice photos. The bean dip certainly sounds different with the cinnamon and cardamom.

  41. Bridgett says:

    Your posts always make me laugh. I wish there was a way to get your 11 year old to quit following you around the house talking incessantly. If you hear of anything, let me know. I want it off for at least 30 minutes!
    This bean dip would not last long around me. Love the flavors!

  42. Oh, I do love movie night, Joanne! πŸ™‚ So fun! This bean dip is splendid!!! I will try it very soon. πŸ™‚

  43. Lea Ann says:

    Great post and photos.

  44. You’ve been so good with the HBinFive! And the yeast! I’m pretty sure in the past two weeks I’ve both killed and neglected yeast. Ugh. Terrible, I know. This dip looks great too! Cinnamon, cardamom, and beans sound like an interesting combination!

  45. Mary says:

    I love your dip and your the pita. Both are splendid. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  46. Kim says:

    I’ve never made a bean dip with all those warm spices before. The addition of cardamom sounds so tasty. I bet this was delicious with your homemade pita bread, but I really love that you dipped the sweet potatoes in the dip;D Great choice for movie night!

  47. Peabody says:

    Oh, this is a great looking dip. I love white bean dip, but never make it for some odd reason.

  48. Interesting one, never heard abt these 2 dishes but am sure must be awesome…

  49. Joanne, very good bean dip dear perfect for breads. both the recipes are new n delicious.

  50. I love the bean spread/dip..they are great with Chinese steamed bread too.

  51. My one issue with the hummus that I normally make is that I don’t always have tahini on hand… this is a great option if I happen to be out.

  52. Taylor says:

    This dip looks really good! I need to try to make my own pita bread too!

  53. I have been craving hummus this week! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

  54. I have seen this white bean dip before and I am tempted! Yours has the spices I like so next time , I am gonna’ make it! Love the pita you served with it.

  55. Yasmeen says:

    Perfectly healthy chip-n-dip for the movie night πŸ˜€

  56. I loved this pita bread and wow what a perfect combo

  57. love white beans-there is a fab white bean hummus at trader joes with basil… good!

  58. Gulmohar says:

    Lovely dip and sure must have tasted great with that Pita bread..

  59. Maria says:

    Perfect snack or even meal:)

  60. sweetlife says:

    this would be perfect for movie night, not too heavy but still filling…I love the pita..yum girl


  61. Chris says:

    You are hilarious, Joanne. Just too damn funny cut it out, people will wonder why I’m laughing alone in my office.

  62. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne, I can’t keep up with your posts, girl! I’m not on-line enough I guess??

    You know, I don’t know how you do your post and your studies-amazing! I was showing your blog to my Cauldron Boy and he was amazed too. He went to law school and business school at the same time, which I’m thinking is equivalent to med school (not either one alone though). He said he never would have been able to do all this…do you sleep (smile)?

    This looks wonderful by the way-I love white bean dip.

  63. Catherine says:

    This bean dip looks wonderful Joanne! I will have to definately try this soon!

  64. This is a perfect movie night snack! Pita with bean dip is one of my favorites. Now, I want to make homemade pita!

  65. Shannon says:

    ooh, love your addition of cinnamon and cardamom! way to kick it up a notch πŸ™‚

  66. msmeanie says:

    Oh man, that sounds delish! I love all things dip. Did I miss the pita recipe?

  67. I could definitely snuggle up to a bowl of this for movie night! And homemade pita is like the icing on the cake. I don’t think I’d be able to pay attention to the movie…

  68. Jessie says:

    Discman!! How about Walkman??? Way to date yourself, Jessie. πŸ˜‰

    I like how you allowed us to just have tantalizing peeks of your delicious bean dip and pita bread long before the recipe so that we were salivating all over the place in anticipation and making a mess. Way to go, Joanne.

  69. I love the Black Eyed Peas! This looks like a great dip. I should take your recommendation and make homemade pita one day.

  70. Velva says:

    This white bean dip and turkish pita rocks! Not only is great for watching chick flicks, but for breakfast, lunch and dinner too.

    I am making the bean dip this weekend!

  71. PJ says:

    lol.. Mr. Spock approved πŸ™‚ I am still laughing over it. Lovely white bean dip btw, would go perfectly for a movie night and yes, I like that Black Eyed Pea song too.. so positive!

  72. White beans are my favourite legume for making dips. Love the sweet spices that went into your version. I’m gonna have to try this the next time I find myself spending a night with Netflix

  73. Cynthia says:

    This looks and sounds delicious! It helps too that it’s good for you ;). I’ve been looking for a dip for my 2 huge bags of carrots in the fridge so I’m definitely going to have to give this a try. And just for the record, I would watch your made for tv movie or read your blog, but only if you promise to include lots of food!

  74. Meena says:

    talk abt a healthy snack…i could inhale that bean dip in record time…whether with netflix or without.

  75. Debinhawaii says:

    Great photos. I love bean dip of any kind and think it beats out other movie treats. πŸ˜‰

  76. Sanem says:

    This is a great post with wonderful photos. I loved the idea of a bean dip. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks.

  77. saveur says:

    Cardamom is my new favourite spice and never thought of using it in a dish like this. Can’t. Wait. To. Try. It. Out! πŸ˜€

  78. Marisa says:

    Few things are better than freshly baked pitas with homemade dip.

    And I too love that BEP song, in fact I’ve got it as my ringtone. But I’m not a cellphone addict. Promise…

  79. Meems says:

    Am I allowed to talk now? I can?


  80. Delicious! Beautiful photos! Your Turkish-style pita bread looks great!

  81. Petra says:

    Great collage and post. I always enjoy reading your posts. Great presentation of your bread as well.

  82. Femalechef says:

    Great job thanks for sharing!!!

  83. Ezzie says:

    Yummy yummy looking! Great recipe inclusion!

  84. Mama Peck says:

    Your bean dip looks wonderful! I foresee a movie night in my future. Thanks for the recipe!

  85. The did looks delicious! I love the mix of spices and the pita looks yummy too!

  86. Kerstin says:

    I love all the spices in this – it sounds very well balanced. I make dips with chickpeas all the time but should use white beans more often!

  87. Cristie says:

    The dip sounds just heavenly, and very unique. Thanks so much for posting it, I think I’ll use it this coming weekend for a baby shower. I did enjoy using this simple bread, wasn’t it great?

  88. Elwood says:

    Mmmm..I love me some Black Eyed Peas! Great post, great photos, great bread.

  89. Cande says:

    I made this yesterday. I followed the directions exactly, and my friends and I agreed that it was alright, but it didn’t wow us. I decided to add the juice of about half a fresh lime, and the rest of the dip was immediately devoured. It made a HUGE difference! A little lime or lemon juice takes it to a whole new level! Yum!

  90. I am hosting my son’s after graduation party next weekend and this dip will be on the menu!

    Smile Bunches!

  91. Jenny says:

    Hehehe good giggle to end my day, beautiful pictures and a tasty sounding treat.

  92. Old Pop says:

    Nice job, thanks for the bean dip recipe.

  93. Now that all sounded good but just as I was reading it the house shook with some excavations going on nearby!!!!! Enjoyed your blog and especially the dip.

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