Chickpeas. Tahini. Kosher salt. Hummus.
The foodies in my family dig on any recipe with the name hummus in it. The other half’s eyes glaze over with all that Middle Eastern talk.
Why don’t I just show up at the table wearing a Barack Obama Tshirt and greet them with As-salamu Alaykum instead of the traditional “howdy”?
Like changing any culture, mindset or palate, it’s about small steps, accessibility and tapping into what is familiar.
Hence, we have black bean and green chile dip/spread – referred to (with a wink and a whisper) by family members in the know as black bean, green chile hummus.
Black beans (familiar but somewhat exotic in a region that exists on pintos).
Green chiles (gotta tap into that southwestern need for heat).
Tahini (I had to keep it. I just don’t tell certain people about it, though one friend did suggest subbing Jif and really trashing things up. Yeah baby, spread this spread on Wonderbread with a smear of Miracle Whip. I don’t think so).
- 30 oz. of black beans (2 cans drained. I use the low salt version)
- .5 cup of frozen, hot green chiles (I guess you could use the canned)
- 3-4 soup spoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice from one small lemon
- 1 large garlic cloves (check twang at end and add second if needed)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- .5 tsp black pepper
Now comes the hard part of this recipe. Put it all in a blender and mix it up. Pause every 10 seconds or so and mix things up with a tamper or a spoon or you will likely burn your blender’s motor up. You could also try blending the ingredients in stages.
Chill and enjoy.
I don’t think you get the full flavor if you eat it straight out of the fridge. I let it sit for a few minutes and allow the temperature to drop.
Now that we’ve made hummus more accessible, how do we do something similar with baba ghanoush? Muhammara? Tabouleh? Dolmas?
In the meantime, tell me what you think of the black bean version of hummus, the adjustments you made and any dishes you would like to learn in the future. I’ll be your test kitchen guinea pig and relay everything I learn via this blog.
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