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The Patriots are once again heading to the Super Bowl!  This Sunday, February 4th, fans will cheer on the Pats as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

A rematch of 2004‘s Super Bowl XXXIX, which was won by New England 24–21, Super Bowl LII is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles since that game (Wikipedia).

The Patriots became the first team since the Seattle Seahawks to appear in two consecutive Super Bowls.

To get ready for the big game, Chef Daniel Bruce recommends whipping up this quick, easy and healthy dip.  It is sure to be a crowd pleaser and won’t derail any of your New Year health and wellness goals.

Sun-dried tomatoes, white bean, and basil dip

“It’s excellent with either champagne or a still white wine,” says Chef Bruce. “Your house guests will never imagine that something so delicious is so easy to make, healthy and inexpensive.”

Ingredients:

1 cup of dried great northern white beans
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup of olive oil
½ cup of fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
Salt and pepper
Toasted pita chips or a toasted baguette, sliced, for serving

To assemble:

In a bowl, cover the beans with cold water and soak them for two hours. Then drain the beans and place them in a large saucepan with the chopped garlic, carrot, onion, and 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are very tender (about one hour), adding additional water if necessary to keep the mixture moist. Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot five minutes before you think the beans will be done. Drain the beans, reserving about 1/4 cup of the liquid.

Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Using a paddle or the back of a wooden spoon, begin crushing the beans against the side of the bowl until they begin to puree. Then beat in the olive oil and basil. (If you want a softer, smoother dip, add some or all of the reserved bean liquid.) Stir in the coriander and season with salt and pepper. Serve with toasted pita chips or slices of toasted baguette.

For additional healthy Super Bowl recipe ideas, check out Boston.com’s “5 healthier Super Bowl appetizer recipes, courtesy of local chefs – From wings to dip to fish tacos, there’s something for every partier.”

GO PATS!

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