ok, the white bean spread recipe is here. It says to start from scratch, but you can also make it from canned beans:
~2 cups of white beans, soaked in 6 cups of water to cover & 1 tsp baking soda
~1 bay leaf
~1 tsp dried basil or pesto
~2 tsps freshly squeezed lime juice
~1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
~1 tsp grd cumin
~1 tsp salt
~2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
~1 Tbsp olive oil
Do not drain the water from the soaking beans. Bring it to a boil and cook for 45 mins. The beans shd be pierced easily with a fork.
Drain beans and put them in food processor or blender. Add the basil or pesto, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt Parmesan cheese and olive oil. Process or blend until smooth. Add a bit more oil if it's too dense. Viola~! (Serves 12)
There's also this roasted eggplant spread that dh's family really loved:
~1 medium eggplant, peeled
~2 red bell peppers, seeded
~1 red onion, peeled
~ 2 garlic cloves, minced
~3Tbsp olive oil
~11/2 tsp salt
~1/2 tsp black pepper
~1 Tbsp tomato paste
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cut the vegetables into one-inch cubes, and toss them with garlic, olive oil salt & papper. Spread them on a baking sheet & bake for 45 mins, tossing once during cooking. Vegetables shd be lightly browned and soft. Cool slightly.
Place vegetables in food processor, add tomato paste and pulse to blend. Taste for salt & pepper.
oh, I do hope you have a good dinner party! Do let us know how everything turns out, good luck & have fun!!