I like to have a variety of appetizers when I am hosting, and Thanksgiving is no exception. I always like to include a couple of dips, some cheeses, and a variety of crackers and bread. I really like to include hearty dips, with cheese and/or beans. I was originally going to make a feta cheese dip, but unfortunately life happened and it didn’t work out. You know how it is this time of year, with sicknesses 🙁 I thought I would re-post one of my older recipes that really is perfect for a Thanksgiving spread. This hummus is made with olive oil and doesn’t include sesame tahini, so chances are you probably have most of the ingredients already. My mother always made her hummus with just olive oil, and I have followed suit. It is super easy to make and can literally be made in 10 minutes. It will add variety to your Thanksgiving appetizers and provide some healthiness to the upcoming heavy meal. Pair it with crostini, crackers, pita bread, veggies, or chips. It is incredibly flavorful and is always a big hit when I serve it. I hope you enjoy it and happy planning for your Thanksgiving spread!
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (or 15 oz. can)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 roasted red pepper
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. paprika (I use sweet Spanish)
- Note: I use a little water, to decrease the amount of oil.
#1 If you are watching your calories, use more water than oil. Just be sure to stir well before serving.
#2 You can roast your own peppers or use jarred ones. If you use jarred ones, use some of the juice instead of all water in the recipe.
#3 Using dry beans is great. Make a large batch ahead, and then freeze them in 1 1/2 cups servings. Take out and thaw overnight and then make hummus. It is as quick as using canned, and couldn't be easier.
#4 Make this hummus when entertaining. It will be a great addition to your spread and your guests will love it. You can also make it up to 2 days ahead. No hostess should be exhausted the day of!
#5 If you are using it as a dip for a party, kettle cooked barbecue chips pair surprisingly well. Just ask my little one. Don't forget the pita bread or pita chips too!
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