Black Bean Dip

This was a Pillsbury Bake off winner of many, many years ago.
As a dip, it is great with veggies and/or chips.
It can also be a topping for polenta slices or pizza.

Black Bean Topped Polenta Slices

Black Bean Dip topping Polenta Slices
pictured with
Vegan sausage slices

This dip is very flavorful, quick and easy to put together, and lends itself to a lot of variation.

It can come together in less than half an hour, including making the Black Bean Topping.  If that is already made, this will get supper on your table in minutes!

Black Bean Pizza

One of the BEST ways to use this Black Bean topping
is to make Black Bean Pizza!

Anyway, the topping recipe is as follows:

Put everything into the food processor, fitted with the metal blade.  Start with 1/4 cup of olive oil.  Puree, adding in as much olive oil as needed to make a soft puree.  It should be thick enough that it holds its shape when stirred up, but add enough olive oil to make it soft (like pudding consistency).

Once the puree is made, if using to top polenta slices, slice the polenta into one inch thick slices.  Pan fry in a little oil, or put under the broiler until surface is crispy brown. 

Top each slice with a big blob of Black Bean Puree, and top that with a little blob of salsa.

If serving as pizza, spread the black bean puree over an unbaked pizza crust, top with onions, roasted red peppers, olives, etc, and bake at 425° for 10 minutes or so ... till everything is hot and crust is browned.  Once out of the oven, top with room temperature salsa.

Serving suggestions

Black Bean Topped Polenta Slices


If you do not want to use oils or fats, replace the olive oil with salsa.

I like to mellow out the harshness of the garlic, by heating the garlic cloves (WHOLE) in the olive oil before mixing them into the black bean puree.  Put about 1/3 cup olive oil into a glass one cup liquid measuring cup and add in your garlic cloves.  Cover with a paper towel.  Microwave on 30% power for 1 minute.  Swirl the oil/cloves mixture.  Continue heating on 30% power until the oil is very, very warm, but not hot.  By now, the garlic cloves will have totally softened.  Mash them through a garlic press into the black bean mixture in your food processor.   Add in the warm oil and process.  Any oil left over can be used any place that a garlic flavored oil would be appropriate.

Once I top the polenta slices with black bean puree, I pop them under the broiler for a short time to "crisp up" the surface of the black bean topping.  This also heats up the topping enough for serving.  When you are serving a large number of people, this is the quickest and easiest way to get these all heated and ready for serving.  Alternatively, you can heat the topping in the microwave, and then add it onto the top of the polenta slices.

The Polenta Slices used in this recipe are ready to eat, fully cooked "tubes" of polenta.   They come both plain, as well as flavored.  All they need is to be heated up, but crisping them in the broiler or by pan frying on each side greatly increases the flavor.

Both the Polenta Slices and the Black Bean puree are gluten free, which makes this a wonderful gluten free meal.  Gluten free pizza crusts are also available.

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