To quick-soak the beans, cover them with water in a saucepan, and bring them to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let them stand for an hour. Red beans -- a source of cholesterol-lowering fiber -- are pureed, then topped with yogurt and caramelized onions.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


Credit: Elizabeth Watt

Recipe Summary

makes about 3 cups


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  • Cover beans with at least 2 inches of water in a large bowl. Cover loosely, and let soak overnight at room temperature.

  • Drain beans; transfer to a medium saucepan. Add stock, herbs, spices, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer beans until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain beans; reserve cooking liquid. Discard bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Let liquid cool completely.

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 25 minutes.

  • Pulse beans and 1/2 cup cooking liquid in a food processor until smooth. Add more cooking liquid if needed to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with yogurt, then onions. Serve with chips. Dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.