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Getting Creative with Hummus

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Quick - Friends are in the area, and call to see if they can stop by. You need to pull together something to serve. What do you make?

For me, the answer’s hummus.

A few weeks ago, a good friend was visiting. We enjoyed a long afternoon of walking around Rittenhouse Square and shopping. We got back to the apartment, thirsty and starving. So, while we each downed a large glass of water, I started throwing things into the food processor. Olive oil, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and a dash of crushed red pepper. In two minutes, we had a freshly whipped up bowl of hummus, popped open a bag of pita chips, and promptly ruined our appetite for dinner by finishing the entire bowl. It was so much fun.

Sometimes, I’ll roast a red bell pepper in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and toss that in. Other times, if I have some leftover black olives, I’ll throw those in. I try to change it up every so often - the leftovers make an excellent base for sandwiches and wraps.

But, I’ve never gotten as creative as some of these hummus recipes I’ve recently discovered and catalogued for future impromptu gatherings. Here’s my new to-try hummus recipe collection:

Hummus en Fuego, by 101 Cookbooks

Hummus Primavera, by Hannah Kaminsky

Chickpea, Mint, and Parsley Spread, by Joy the Baker
As Joy said:

This spread is hummus meets pesto meets lemon meets delicious.

Cauliflower Hummus, by Y-I-Eat-N

Beet Hummus, by Not Without Salt

Roasted Broccoli Hummus, by Not Without Salt

(You can also find all of these recipes on my Pinterest boards!)

What’s your favorite recipe for hummus? Share a link to a non-traditional take!

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