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Bessara (Bean Dip)
From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com based on a recipe handed to me from friends living in Tunesia. This is served with flat bread along with fresh vegetables for dippers in Morocco, making it a nice "welcoming" appetizer served with tea or white wine.
4 - 5 cloves garlic
In food processor with steel cbopping blade in place and motor running, drop in the cloves of garlic to mince them finely. Turn it off and remove the lid and add the beans and the liquid, onions, cumin, and parsley. Process until smooth, adding the olive oil, salt and paprika. Adjust seasonings if necessary by adding more salt or oil. Pile into a beautiful glass or ceramic bowl . Warm in microwave 1 minute, stir and serve with bread and vegetable slices beautifully arranged around the dip. (or warm the dip in a saucepan for just a couple of minutes, not to boil it but to just warm it a bit)
Recipe created 2008-10-01.