White Bean and Walnut Spread with Truffle Oil

White Bean and Walnut Spread with Truffle Oil

1 15-ounce can white beans, like Cannellinis, drained and rinsed

1 cup walnut pieces

3 tablespoons softened (not melted) butter

1-2 teaspoons truffle oil (white or black)

Salt and freshly –ground black pepper

Put the walnut pieces on a microwave-safe dinner plate and microwave them on high power, uncovered, for about 3 minutes.  Take the plate out (be careful, it will be hot), stir the walnuts a bit, then put it back in and cook in 30-second intervals until the walnuts are fragrant.  Then put them on a different plate and let them cool off a bit.

When they’re prettycool, put the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Process until they’re finely chopped, then add the beans and butter and puree the mixture until it’s smooth.  Add about a quarter-teaspoon of salt, some pepper, and a teaspoon of truffle oil.  Process again and taste for seasoning.  The truffle flavor should be subtle – too much and it’s a bit medicinal.  But definitely add more if you like.  You can thin out the spread to make a dip by adding extra-virgin olive oil and a little water.  Process until smooth.

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