Monday, March 28, 2016

Smoky Hummus

Smoky Hummus
This is my latest go-to snack. Smoky Hummus. It's wonderful. And I regularly hear it calling my name from the fridge. Even better - with no added oil, it's not just tasty, it's also a healthy dip that encourages me to eat more fresh veggies. My young daughter also eats tons of fresh veggies with this dip. What's not to love?

It all happened when I ran out of my normal Hummus accent - Capers. I wasn't able to make a special trip to the ethnic market where Capers are cheap, and I certainly couldn't bring myself to spend the exorbitant amount that the grocery charges for a little-bitty jar of them.

So, Hummus with Capers was out.

And, necessity being the Mother of invention - something else had to be in. I still wanted a special Hummus flavor.

I thought of the little jar of Smoked Paprika I had bought. My dear friend Jennifer often cooks spectacular dishes, and I've discovered that quite frequently her "secret ingredient" (in addition to a phenomenal cooking skill!) is Smoked Paprika. So I had bought a little jar and was waiting for an opportunity to try it out : )

And, the weekend that I created it, it just so happened that Jenny's daughter was our dinner guest - and she approved! : )

So, this is it:

Smoky Paprika
Blend in a food processor till very smooth (this should take a few minutes)
1 (15 oz) Can Chickpeas, Drained (or 1 1/2 cups home-prepared)
2 - 4 Tablespoons Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste) (more to taste if desired)
2 - 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Garlic (I use the minced from a jar)
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 cup Water (use as needed for your desired texture - you might like a little less or a little more)

I like to serve this with Cut Raw Veggies for dipping such as Baby Carrots, Cucumber Slices, Broccoli Florets, Bell Pepper Crescents, etc - and some Pretzels. We're big fans of the new Snyder of Hanover Pretzel Spoonz, but regular Pretzels or Pita Chips also work great.

This is also wonderful as an open-faced Sandwich or Wrap - simply spread the Smoky Hummus on Bread or Toast or on a Tortilla and top with sliced, fresh Lettuce, Tomatoes & Yellow Bell Peppers : )

This is being shared on
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  1. I've been wanting to make my own hummus, but I'm really picky about hummus- this looks like something I would really like! Thanks!
    (via Anti Procrastination Tuesdays <3 )

  2. Hi Nancy,
    Sounds like a healthy tasty recipe. Hummus seems to be a very popular trend these days and yours sounds quite unique with a special twist of flavor. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  3. YUM! YUM! YUM! Just about any kind of Hummus is ok with me but this one seems to be calling me!


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