Most baked dips, while usually delicious, aren’t exactly healthy. I love a nice creamy baked artichoke dip or a warm pinto bean dip covered with melted cheese, but they aren’t something I feel like I can indulge in all the time.
That’s why I’m so happy I discovered this Baked White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Parmesan from Faith Durand’s new cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles. It satisfies my craving for a decadent warm dip, but is healthy enough to enjoy whenever I want. The dip is a snap to make and uses pantry staples like canned beans, olive oil, and bread crumbs so it’s easy to throw together for unexpected guests or impromptu gatherings.
I’m pretty picky when it comes to accepting review copies of cookbooks because I just don’t have room for more books. But I love casseroles, and I really liked the idea of a casserole book with 200 recipes, not one of which calls for a can of condensed soup.
Not Your Mother’s Casseroles was written by Faith Durand, managing editor of Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn, so it should come as no surprise that the book is fantastic. There are a few classic recipes like Basic Potluck Baked Beans with Bacon and then there are fun new twists on classics, such as Mediterranean Tuna Casserole with Olives and Capers and Twice-Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Ricotta and Ground Sausage.
I especially love the “Baked for Breakfast” section that includes recipes for Basic Baked Polenta with Maple Syrup and Lemon Brioche French Toast. Next on my list to try is Bacon and Lentils with Egg, which is located in the breakfast section but could easily be turned into lunch or dinner.
Although some might be disappointed by the complete lack of photos, Faith’s creative recipes had me hooked as soon as I started thumbing through the book. If, like me, you believe that casseroles can and should involve more than a can of this and a packet of that, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles just might be the book for you. I’m happy to say that it will take up permanent residence on my already crowded cookbook shelf and I can’t wait to try more of the recipes.
(recipe reprinted with permission from page 70, “Not Your Mother’s Casseroles,” author Faith Durand, Harvard Common Press, Jan. 2011)