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Amy’s Easter Hummus

Amy’s Easter Hummus

Hummus is always a favorite at parties around here. I’ve made classic hummus and have made variations with roasted peppers, black olives and garlic scapes.

I always remember the time my dear friend, Amy, wanted her hummus to be really colorful. It was for her Easter dinner. I believe that was the same year she dyed the egg whites for the deviled eggs. Amy really knew how to get the details right.

She and I had talked about how best to make tasty, colorful hummus. She decided to make spinach hummus and beet hummus in addition to her classic hummus. She wanted something that tasted good, but looked like Spring. She ended up with a beautiful array for Easter dinner that year. Tasty, too.

Here are the directions for making them.

Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans, drained, or about 2 cups cooked garbanzos

1/4 c. olive oil

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 cloves garlic

salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Adjust seasonings. Chill. Serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. Also nice spread in a pita bread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Freezes well.

Green Hummus (Spinach)

Make the original hummus recipe from above but add 2 c. fresh spinach and ½ c. chopped cilantro.

Pink Hummus (Beet)

Make the original hummus recipe from above but add 2-3 small cooked beets.

Note: You might want a little more salt in either of these recipes or a bit more lemon juice.

Miss you, Amy.

Broccoli with Hummus

Broccoli with Hummus

When you think of hummus, I bet you think of it as a dip. It is a great dip, paired with some pita bread or fresh veggies. But hummus can be more than a dip. I love to toss hot veggies with hummus. I especially like to do this with broccoli. I started doing this years ago for a friend who was vegan. The hummus was a nice substitute for butter or a cheese sauce.

You can use homemade hummus, but store bought is fine, too. Hummus is made from chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and a few seasonings. Of course, you can make all sorts of variations. You just combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Doesn’t get much simpler. I prefer to make my own, so I can flavor it the way I want.

One of my favorite combinations is hummus with broccoli. The flavors work great together. You just toss hummus with hot, freshly cooked broccoli. So yummy.

Since I had some cauliflower,  I added some of it to the dish as well.

So the next time you have some hummus around, try tossing it with hot, cooked veggies for a fun side dish or an easy vegetarian main dish.

Steamed Broccoli with Hummus

1 lb. fresh broccoli, you can also use cauliflower or a combination

1/2 c. hummus, homemade or store bought, recipe follows

Cut broccoli into long spears, peeling and trimming tough stems. Steam until just tender. Warm hummus over low heat or in a microwave and spoon over the cooked broccoli. Toss to coat evenly. Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main course.

Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans, drained- or about 2 cups cooked chick peas

1/4 c. olive oil

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 cloves garlic

salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Adjust seasonings. Chill. Serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. Also nice spread in a pita bread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Freezes well.

Hummus with Greek Olives

Hummus with Greek Olives

My friend, Jared, was the one who first suggested I add olives to my hummus. Like me, he likes “regular” hummus, too. The addition of olives adds another layer of flavor. Salty, briny and that unique olive taste. Makes sense when you think about it. You are already adding olive oil to hummus, why not add olives, too?  I have a big jar of Kalamata olives (thanks, Costco), so I have been looking for ways to use them.

Hummus with Greek Olives

1 can garbanzo beans, drained- or about 2 c. cooked garbanzos

1 c. Greek olives, drained, pitted and chopped

1/4 c. olive oil

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 cloves garlic

salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Adjust seasonings. Chill. Serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. Also nice spread in a pita bread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Freezes well.

Portobellos with Hummus

Portobellos with Hummus

Portobellos with Hummus

If you are looking for a fun way to serve Portobello mushrooms you might want to give this a try.  I love mushrooms and am always looking for a new way to serve them. All you do is take Portobello mushrooms caps, clean them up a bit, and saute them. Once the caps are cooked spoon in a mixture of hummus, cream cheese and roasted red pepper. At this point they go in the oven or under the broiler. You could even do this on the grill, but you won’t get the top browning. I made my own hummus and roasted a pepper but both of those ingredients could be purchased. Here is the recipe.

 

 

 

Portobellos with Hummus

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 small portobello mushroom caps, stems and ribs removed
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1 roasted red pepper, diced
3/4 cup hummus
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the portobello mushrooms for 3 minutes on each side until browned.
Stir together cream cheese, pepper, and hummus until evenly blended. Season the mushroom caps with salt and pepper on each side. Place the mushrooms onto a baking sheet, with the stem-side facing up. Then fill with hummus mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until the filling is hot.

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