Romanian White Bean Dip
A Tasty Way To Explore Romanian Cuisine
Romanian white bean dip.
Besides feeding yourself well and spending less money than going out, here’s what’s fun about cooking: It is a cheap and tasty way to explore the cuisine of another culture or a nation, without ever leaving home! No cramped airplane rides or potetially dicey hotel rooms.
Just you, your kitchen, your chef knife, and a trusty skillet or two.
One thing that you’ll learn is that cuisines from across the globe share many of the same ingredients, but are cooked and paired differently with other flavors.
Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t have any first-hand knowledge of Romanian cuisine.
And then one dish caught my eye.
It’s a traditional white bean dip.
Martisor Is A Tradition That Dates Back to Ancient Rome
We’re still a couple of weeks or so away from spring, but in Romania they celebrate the arrival of spring with Martisor on March 1.
It’s a tradition that dates back to ancient Rome when March 1 was considered the start of the new year. To commemorate the day, Romanians gave little talismans made of red and white strings and they tied them on trees for good luck.
Today the red and white talismans are given only to women during Martisor, and just a few days later on March 8 Romanians also celebrate Women’s Day, somewhat similar to our Mother’s Day, where all women receive flowers and gifts. March is a great month for the ladies in Romania!
Romanian White Bean Dip Embodies The Spirit of Martisor
This white bean dip embodies the spirit of Martisor with its white base and red topping.
White beans are cooked then blended to a creamy consistency, spread on a plate, and then finished with carmelized onions and smoky tomato topping. Think of it like the Romanian version of hummus.
It’s super simple and a simply fabulous to begin your taste of Romania!