Unexpected company strikes dread into the heart of every cook. How can you throw together a quick, last-minute appetizer using just what you’ve got in your pantry or fridge? Hot dip is almost always a hearty and satisfying choice that comes together in minutes and usually doesn’t require a shopping trip. Because this Parmesan cheese and bean dip is served hot, it seems like it took more time and effort than it actually did.

Beans and cheese of any kind are a natural combination. Ooey gooey Parmesan adds a salty, nutty kick to great northern white beans, while garlic powder gives this dip just the right background note. It’s equally delicious with crackers, pretzel rods, chunks of crusty bread, raw vegetables or any other handy dipping device you might have around. Best of all? It’s a one-dish meal that takes less than five minutes to combine and only 25 minutes to bake. But don’t worry, your guests will think it took you much longer than that.

The key to effortless entertaining is to keep basic ingredients on hand, like cheese, crackers and of course Randall Beans. With a little creativity and a few minutes’ warning, you can wow your guests.


  • 2 cups of Randall Great Northern Beans, undrained
  • 1 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Assorted crackers and/or raw vegetables

Combine Randall Beans, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic powder. Place in 1 to 1 1/2 quart casserole or soufflé dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve heated dip with assorted crackers and/or raw vegetables.

Makes about 4 cups.

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