Spicy Hummus Dip







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Posted on Nov 15 2014 - 1:00am by Meaghan
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Hi Enchanted Homeschooling readers!  I’m back and so excited to be sharing a delicious and easy recipe with you today!  As soon as I put my Thanksgiving wreath up last week I have been in full Thanksgiving mode and am ready for turkey day!  Who else is pumped for turkey and football?  Can I get a show of hands?

Thanksgiving is a pretty standard menu in our house.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, some sort of sweet potato bake, green bean casserole, lima beans, and salad.  Maybe a jello salad thrown in there if we’re feeling particularly ambitious.  Every year we know exactly what we’re having.  Which begs the question: how do we spice it up?  We’re creatures of habit so we don’t need things too spicy and, honestly, if we switched it up on ourselves too much we’d be confused and possibly completely lost.  Like the one year we tried to eat ham.  The horror!  So we keep our turkey, potatoes, and vegetables pretty much the same but we’re always willing to experiment with appetizers and desserts.  Always.

So, as my cousins and sister and I have all gotten older we’ve enjoyed taking turns showing up with different appetizers and desserts.  Since I love to bake I’m usually relegated to the desserts table {not that I’m at all complaining or anything} but this year I wanted to try and nudge my way up from desserts to appetizers.  And I wanted to use one of my favorite appetizers to do it.  Hummus.

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Hummus is something I always bought in the store until I learned how stinkin’ easy it is to make at home.  I will confess, though, that I have never used tahini past to make hummus.  Ever.  If you’re a homemade hummus lover you’re in shock right now.  If you’re a store bought hummus lover you’re probably wondering where the heck do I find tahini paste?  This, my friends, is why I’ve never used tahini paste.  I have no idea where in the store it is.  I have wandered up and down the aisles, I have asked clerks, I have begged friends to please tell me where to find this coveted tahini paste.  And no luck.

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But I’ve never felt my hummus dips were lacking and with that being the case I’m totally ok with leaving the paste out.  My dip is still creamy and flavorful and delicious.  I call that a win.  Plus, with so many other things to spend your money on around the holidays it’s nice to have a recipe that doesn’t involve you running out the store and buying $15 in extra ingredients.  This recipe uses everything you probably already have in your pantry and in my book that makes you a culinary rockstar.

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I want to make it very clear that when I say spicy I don’t mean your mouth will catch on fire and your nose will run.  I leave that for chili.  Paprika is a quiet spice that catches those taste buds just right.  If you’re a big fan of spicy I suggest you double the amount of paprika or even add some chili powder and add a splash more lemon juice.  Be careful you don’t over spice!  Like my dad always said, you can add more but you can’t take it away.

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Spicy Hummus Dip
This spicy creamy hummus dip is sure to please all your guests at your next holiday dinner!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 15 oz can cannelini beans, drain and reserve liquid
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tsp paprika
  5. 2 tsp lemon juice
  6. 2 Tbs olive oil*
  7. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain cannelini beans and add to food processor.
  2. Add in garlic, cumin, chili powder, lemon juice, 2 Tbs of reserved liquid, and olive oil and puree until smooth.
  3. Add salt to taste, transfer to a serving bowl, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. Serve with pita chips, pretzel crackers, naan, pita bread, or whatever your favorite crunchy hummus dip vessel might be!
Notes
  1. *If you don't have olive oil you can substitute 2 Tbs of the liquid and use it instead. I've done this in a pinch and it works perfectly!
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