I was in the mood for Hummus but wanted to try something a little different, so I picked up some carrots to roast. One thing I do need to try is starting with dry chickpeas and cooking them myself. For now, I'm relying on those very handy cans at the market. Some people like to thin their Hummus with the liquid from the chickpeas, but I just can't wrap my brain around that. It's the same with beans - I always drain and rinse off that starchy liquid before using either.
4 large carrots cut into wedges (I left the skin on)
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 t olive oil
1/2 t fine sea salt
1/2 t black pepper
19 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 c tahini (be sure to shake or stir to blend in the oil)
1/2 t cayenne
1/2 t smoked paprika
2 T lemon juice
Extra olive oil for drizzling
Garnishes: sunflower seeds, pomegranate arils, chopped herbs, etc.
- If you're keeping the skins on your carrots for the extra nutrients, you'll want to give them a bath first, then slice into wedges;
- Toss the carrots and garlic with the 2t olive oil, salt, and pepper, then transfer to a baking sheet - the foil is not necessary, but handy for easy cleanup;
- Roast at 400⁰ for 25-30" until tender and starting to caramelize;
- Add to your food processor the drained/rinsed chickpeas, tahini, cayenne, smoked paprika, and lemon juice;
- After the carrots have had a few minutes to cool slightly, add to the food processor and give everything a few pulses to combine, then let it run on full for a few minutes until smooth;
- Scrape down the sides of the mixer bowl to incorporate any chunks that may have clung to the top sides and let run for a few seconds more;
- If you find that it's thicker than you like when you open the lid to scrape down the bowl, add a few tablespoons of water (or reserved liquid from the chickpeas - yuck);
- To garnish, transfer to a serving bowl and drag the tip of a spoon around the top to create a swirl - drizzle with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and top with whatever you lie - I used some sunflower seeds this time.
Serve with raw veggies, crackers, multi-grain tortilla chips, pita wedges, pita chips, etc.
I was just going to eat some with raw veggies, but I changed my mind. I split a mini pita round into quarters and separated the layers, gave them a spritz of PAM and a sprinkle of falafel spice and toasted them in the oven. I've never made them with the falafel spice before, but that turned out great!