Project Tasteless: The Please Let Me Infiltrate the Man Cave Challenge came at the perfect time this month – or should I say, just in time, since I am leaving the country Wednesday for almost 3 weeks. Rachel posted the contest Monday, I had to pack all Monday night because Tuesday night was spent driving to my parents’ house and dropping off the dog and doing laundry until 4:30 a.m. (I hope…I’m still at it here at 3:25). So I had a little time in there while the laundry was running to do a little man-style cooking.
The other great news? I had just made up the manliest and most delicious thing in the world Saturday. For some reason, we are trying to infiltrate the man cave. I don’t know why, but this dip is how to do it. It’s straight-to-the-point delicious. It doesn’t taste “Fancy,” but it also has a so-much-better-than-whatever-comes-out-of-the-Tostitos-jar quality about it. There’s an easy long way, and there’s an easy short way. Obviously the easy long way is better , but the short way is fine too.
So let’s not continue this discussion any longer. Man Cave, here we come.
Easy Short Way to Make Delicious Bean Dip to Feed Man
Note: I did not measure anything, so just go with your gut here. If you like it spicy, throw in a little more pepper. If you like it limey, throw in more lime. It’s all delicious.
Get together: 1 can cannellini beans, 1 can black beans, 1 bag shredded sharp cheddar, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin, garlic powder, lime
Drain beans from can.
Put in a food processor: cannellini beans, black beans, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin, juice of ½ lime. Here I used equal parts salt, pepper and crushed red pepper – about ¼ tsp. each. Adjust crushed red pepper and black pepper to get more or less of a kick – right now it’s pretty mild. Use around ½ tsp. cumin. Throw in a splash of garlic powder.
Process for about 15-20 seconds, to your preferred consistency. I like it a little chunky – something about it just says “man.”
Move bean mix to a pot and heat on the stove over medium heat (4 out of 10). I highly recommend spraying the pot beforehand if it has the slightest tendency to sticky.
After the bean mix is good and warm, stir in about 1 cup of cheese. I start with about ½ cup, and keep going until it has a slight cheesy glow about it. Again, whatever your preference here. Less cheese, less cheesy flavor.
Move to bowl and serve with tortilla chips (Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips are the favorite here).
Easy Long Way to Make Delicious Bean Dip to Feed Man
Measure out 1/2 cup dry black beans and ¾ cup dry cannellini beans. Cover with about 4 cups water and let soak in the fridge overnight.
Drain. Put beans in pot, cover with water that goes up twice the height of the beans. Mix in around ½ tsp. garlic powder, ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper, ¼ tsp. black pepper, ¼ tsp. cumin. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour, until the beans seem tasty.
Replace your fresh beans for the canned beans in the recipe above, and follow above directions.
The beans can be made a few days ahead of time – in fact, the whole reason I made this dip was because I had some beans in the fridge that needed to be used stat.