I’m a big appetizer lover. I could eat nothing but apps and be just fine at any party, anywhere. I love the bite sized portions – if I don’t like it, I just move on to the next one. I love that I can have a little bit of this and a little bit of that and be completely happy with my makeshift meal. And I love this new bean dip recipe I found at Taste of Home.
Now what makes this bean dip recipe so great is that it’s like a meal in itself. It’s full of cheese, Italian sausage, white beans, and spinach. Left to my own devices, I could probably eat the entire dip all by myself…it’s that good. Which is why I’ve decided to share my new favorite bean dip recipe.
Bean Dip Recipe: Italian Sausage & White Bean Dip
- 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage (or Italian sausage links, with casings removed)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 6 ounces fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped or torn
- 15 ounces white kidney or cannellini beans, drained
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Crackers or pita chips
- Preheat oven to 375Â°.
- In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
- Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach and beans; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in.-square or 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with crackers.
I should also tell you that I made this bean dip recipe three times in two weeks, and that it was a HUGE hit every time! It’s one of those dips that may not look super appetizing, but you take one bite and you’re hooked.
The problem with serving hot bean dip (or any hot dip for that matter) is that it’s hard to keep it warm once it comes out of the oven. After taking it out of the oven transfer it to a crock pot and leave it set to warm. Boom! Problem solved.