Today I’m writing my first non-dessert post. I feel like I’m cheating on deserts right now, but I’ll be back soon with another yummy recipe. So for today I decided to share one of my favorite appetizers… Hummus! My go-to hummus is a ‘Spicy Sriracha Hummus’. I’m one of those people who loves everything extra spicy. My husband is worse than me, he cooks with ghost and habanero peppers! I actually just saw a list of the hottest peppers as of 2016, and the Carolina reaper was number one. That crazy red crinkled pepper looks fierce. Ok now back to my hummus……
I think hummus is the perfect little dish for me to put out for people to munch on before I have dinner and drinks. Well they don’t have to wait to have the drinks with dinner, they can have drinks with the hummus too 😀 . Besides the health benefits, hummus is awesome because the possibilities of what you can dip your hummus into are endless. My favorite are cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, olives, and of course Feta cheese; I saved the best for last. What are your favorite foods to eat with hummus?
Here’s some interesting facts about hummus. It originated in the Middle East. In fact, hummus has been eaten there for centuries. Hummus is the Arabic word for chick peas. When I started to make hummus, I learned that chick peas and garbanzo beans are the same thing; they are ligaments. Hummus carries many health benefits, including several minerals, high fiber, and 39 grams of protein per 1 cup of beans. This little dip also has the ability to suppress hunger, help prevent heart disease, aid in digestion, and even regulate blood sugar. One final benefit I’ll mention is that hummus has free radical fighting abilities, due to the 3 antioxidants in the outer layer of the chick pea, and 5 antioxidants in the inner layer. Who needs to eat broccoli or kale anymore?
I’m sure you’ve seen hummus in the grocery store and have noticed the huge variety of flavors available. For this recipe I am using Garbanzo beans, but there are a lot of options with different ligaments. I also add a secret ingredient, pine nuts. I am obsessed with these nuts, and mixing them with the garbanzo makes the perfect blend. They also add a slight crunch to the hummus, while enhancing the taste. This recipe, as the name implies, calls for sriracha sauce, jalapeno peppers, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. You can totally manage the spiciness of this recipe by adding less, or not including the jalapeno pepper and/or cayenne pepper. Furthermore, I use a food processor to blend everything together to yield right consistency.
Are you ready to make this?