Thursday, September 20, 2012

Decadent Dip: Pizza hummus

Have you tried making hummus at home? It is really simple if you have a food processor. Rinse off a can of chickpeas, add flavors and blend until smooth. Healthy, quick and versatile. This is a good "gateway" hummus to get your kids on the hummus bandwagon (or eating beans at all bandwagon), and a sneaky way to get them having more whole grains and raw veggies if you use those as your dippers.


Pizza Hummus
This recipe is adapted from the Food Network 
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 16-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or one tablespoon fresh basil)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (or one tablespoon fresh basil)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend (or dash of crushed red pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Place chickpeas and all seasoning into a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. If hummus is too thick, add a bit more water until you reach the desired consistency. 
  2. Serve with raw veggies and whole grain crackers to dip, or as an alternative to mayo on a sandwich or in a wrap. Store extras in the fridge.  
I like to use the squeeze tubes of tomato paste so that I don't waste the rest of the can - look in the pasta section of the grocery store, I didn't find this with the rest of the canned veggies.
Add the oregano, basil and the rest of the seasonings and blend until smooth
Serve pizza hummus with whole grain crackers and raw veggies!
Do you have a food processor? It is a great tool for the home cook; you can easily whip up batches of hummus and pesto, use the grater disk to grate all kinds of veggies or firm fruits (like apples). I have an ancient Cuisinart that is still king of the kitchen - it is an investment. The food processor below is well reviewed and is Amazon prime eligible.


Have you checked out Mrs Dash lately? There are so many blends available and the best part is that they're all salt-free. These blends are a great way to add gobs of flavor without adding a nick of salt. This is the one I used in the above recipe. 




You may also like my recipe for Pad Thai Hummus, Balsamic Black Bean Hummus or my Roasted Carrot a L'orange Hummus. Hooray for hummus!

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1 comment:

  1. What about a hummus with avocado? Maybe with some cilantro and crushed red pepper? Half black bean? Chopped tomatoes stirred in after blending? Just spit-balling here...

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