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Butterbean Guacamole

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Butterbean Guacamole

This is a nice alternative to have as a dip to eat in front of the telly with a large glass of white wine, or as an accompaniment to serve with grilled meat or fish for a summer lunch dish.


  • 410g tin butterbeans, drained
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • About 1-2 tbsp cold water
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • plus extra to drizzle
  • Half a lemon
  • 4 salmon steaks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooked new potatoes with chopped mint
  • to serve

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  1. Put the beans, shallot, garlic, vinegar and water into a food processor and blitz until smooth - you may need to add a little more water to make a firm (but not solid) consistency. Gradually add enough olive oil to make the mixture smooth and gloopy, blitzing between each addition.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir well.
  3. Preheat a grill. Place the salmon steaks on the grill pan, drizzle over a little olive oil and season. Grill for a few minutes on each side until just cooked (be careful not to overcook them).
  4. Spoon some of the butterbean guacamole onto plates and sit a salmon steak on top of each. Serve with minted new potatoes.

Phil's Tips

Here I've used tinned butterbeans - they're really delicious and are a heck of a lot less time consuming than the dried variety which have to be soaked overnight then boiled for hours on end. This is a twist on the old favourite guacamole, which is usually made from avocados that I think you either love or hate. Here I'm serving it with grilled salmon.

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