My New England Bean Dip is a hit at every party. It’s creamy, toothsome, and has a slight kick to it. Quick and simple to make. Serve with your favorite crackers. Enjoy!
Growing up, my parents would take us to a restaurant that served New England bean dip with crackers before every meal. At first I thought, what is bean dip and who in the world would find that appetizing?
My parents loved it. They made me try it. Of course, I made the face, grimacing.
“You’ll never know if you like it if you don’t try it.” My Mom’s famous words. I tried it and it was very good. I now consider it one of my favorite dips and I bet you will too.
You don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy this dip. I created a recipe that is even more delicious. This is simple to make and less expensive than if you bought it at the market. The hardest thing you will have to do is dice the onions. Other than that, throw all the ingredients in a bowl, combine, and refrigerate until serving. I recommend refrigerating it at least an hour or so to let the flavors come together although it is not necessary. It’s good as soon as it is combined. Trust me, because when making this to post, I had to pull my family away from the bowl because they were devouring it.
I brought this dip to my in-laws as an appetizer. I set it in the kitchen and let my mother-in-law decide when she would like to put it out for the guests. My father-in-law kept disappearing into the kitchen and when I looked at him he looked like a deer in head lights.
“What are you doing, Dad?”
“Nothing”, he mumbled.
“Are you eating the bean dip?”
“It’s good! It’s got a kick to it.”
It does have a slight kick to it due to the cayenne pepper. I add 1/4 teaspoon but my father-in-law loves heat and wouldn’t mind a little more. Try it with an 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) first because the longer it sat, I swear it became spicier.
Mashing the beans just a little gives it great texture letting the beans meld with the mayonnaise.
This dip is a hit at every party and would serve well at the up and coming Superbowl. Include it in your pregame feast. Enjoy!
Be happy, eat well…
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sweet relish
- 1 small onion diced, about ½ cup
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Mash the beans a little with a fork for better texture.
Optimal, but not necessary, to refrigerate for at least an hour to meld flavors.
Serve with your favorite crackers.