White Bean Puree with Poached-Garlic and Lemon

Don’t let the amount of garlic scare you. It’s a surprise how tamed and refined it becomes. This is also great as a topping for crostini or as a mayonnaise alternative to spread on sandwiches.

White Bean Puree with Poached-Garlic and Lemon

How To Make White Bean Puree with Poached-Garlic and Lemon

This savory and flavorful puree recipe makes enough for a small gathering. It's textured and smooth that you would enjoy topping it off your favorite canapes.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins


  • 4 large whole garlic head , separated into unpeeled cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • cup cooked gigante, garbanzo or cannellini beans
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • drops hot red pepper sauce
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley , mint , chives or basil , optional , chopped


  1. Rinse garlic well and add it and the milk to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring just to a simmer.
  3. Cover and continue simmering for 25 minutes or until garlic is very soft.
  4. Stir occasionally and make sure heat is at a bare simmer or milk can burn.
  5. Strain mixture, reserving the milk.
  6. Cool and squeeze the pointed root end of the garlic to remove it from its papery shell.
  7. Add garlic and milk to a food processor or blender, along with the beans, lemon juice and zest and 2 tbsp of olive oil.

  8. Puree to desired consistency.
  9. Season to taste with drops of hot red pepper sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Make at least 1 hour ahead so that flavors have a chance to blend.
  11. Puree can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  12. Bring back to near room temperature before serving.
  13. At serving time, stir in herbs, if desired, and drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp olive oil.


  • Sugar: 19g
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  • Calcium: 362mg
  • Calories: 735kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Fat: 53g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 793mg
  • Protein: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Sodium: 121mg
  • Vitamin A: 1036IU
  • Vitamin C: 44mg
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