Top Pick Of The Week

August 12, 2008

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Bean Dip

Serve Cool Beans white bean dip any way you would enjoy hummus...and in many more ways. Photography by Maria Bacarella | IST.

WHAT IT IS: A delicious dip and spread of puréed white beans.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: In some parts of the Mediterranean, white bean dip is ubiquitous; but it hasn’t caught on in the U.S. yet. We hope that Cool Beans is the vanguard.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Tasty, nutritious, versatile...a great ingredient as well as delicious right out of the jar. And easy to tuck into a desk drawer or locker at work, for healthier snacking.

Cool Beans:
More Haute Than Hummus

Page 2: Dip Flavors & Serving Suggestions


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Cool Beans Dip & Spread Flavors

These smooth, creamy dips and spreads are very versatile, as you’ll see in the Serving Suggestions section.

Cool Beans Dip - Taco Chili
Lemon White Blondie, on top of the stack, is a blondie with a hint of lemon flavor, garnished with lemon
icing and candied lemon peel. It’s terrific.

Lemon Roasted Garlic Bean Dip

The original flavor is heavier on the lemon than the garlic, but both both seasonings are subtle—as they should be. The beans rule.

Sweet Onion Bean Dip

This is a charming flavor; but because the flavoring is light, there’s not a huge difference in flavoring between the Lemon Roasted Garlic and Sweet Onion. With the first, there’s lemon on the finish, with the second, caramelized onion. They’re both good, and they’re largely interchangeable.

Taco Chili Bean Dip

This flavor, somewhat pink in color from the addition of cumin, paprika and crushed red pepper, has the most pizzazz. The spices are lively but not overpowering. While we like all of the flavors, and initially preferred the elegance of the lemon and caramelized onion, the sassy spices grew on us and this became our favorite.

Serving Suggestions

The bean purée can form the basis of a wonderful sandwich.

Hors d’Oeuvres & Snacks

  • Serve with crudités and crackers.
  • Top bruschetta and toasts (see recipe on the
    next page).

Sandwiches & Burgers

  • Add to a grilled vegetable or chicken sandwich.
  • The founders enjoy it as a burger topping—but don’t restrict yourself to beef. It’s great with lamb, turkey and veggie burgers.

Mains & Sides

  • Serve as a first course with toast points or toasted baguette slices.
  • Serve with a vegetarian plate.
  • Use the purée to make a vegetable napoleon, layered as the “sauce” with grilled eggplant and/or zucchini strips and mozzarella cheese.
  • Serve as a garnish or small side dish with roast lamb, pork and veal.

White Bean Dip
The bean purées can scooped, spread or spooned. Photo by Robert Brown | IST.


If you’re looking for good taste, nutrition, chic (or cool) food that couldn’t be easier, lay in a supply of Cool Beans.

— Karen Hochman

Continue To Next Page: Recipes

FORWARD THIS NIBBLE to anyone who wants to keep a delicious and healthy dip at the ready.

Lemon And Garlic, Sweet Onion, Taco Chili

Certified kosher by Star-K

  • Three 12-Ounce Jars
    Single Flavor Or Mixed
    Includes Shipping

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The prices are higher online; get your retailer to bring in the line. At Stew Leonard’s in Connecticut, the jars are $3.99 each, two for $7.00.

Cool Beans Dip
Cool Beans: For dips, for spreads, for gifts, for stocking stuffers.

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