Sunday, April 26, 2015

SRC: White Bean and Basil Hummus

I've long been a fan of hummus.  It's light.  Refreshing.  Delicious.  Oh, and it's good for you...which means you can eat even more, right?

Aside from being addicting it's so easy to make and can be made with multitude of different ingredients depending on what you have on hand.  Granted, tradition hummus is comprised of garbanzo beans, tahini and a few other ingredients.  But just like everything else that makes it way to the states, hummus is made with a variety of different ingredients and in several different flavors.

I've made and indulged in the traditional hummus more times than I can possibly count.  I love it and when I top a a pita chip with it, well it's just like any other chip and dip combo.  They just keep on making their way into my mouth and I just can't stop.  But, as much as I enjoy traditional hummus nothing is going to stop me from trying as many different varieties as I possibly can.  Such as a white bean variation!?!?

I tried white bean hummus for the very first time a few weeks ago.  And well, it was just as good as the traditional stuff.  My hand just kept getting chip after chip and scooping the dip as quickly as it possibly could.  It was almost like an out of body experience.  Almost!  I was hooked on the white bean version just like the traditional.

So, when I came across a recipe for white bean hummus on Jess' blog, my assignment for this months Secret Recipe Club, I knew this was the recipe I HAD to make.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy narrowing down my options between the Greek tortellini saladzucchini lasagna, Thai basil pestosalted caramel browned butter cookies (and y'all know I'm a sucker for any and everything browned butter), pina colada bars, and blood orange mojitos, just to name a few, I was torn.  But I finally decided to make Jess' hummus.
I must say, this hummus did not disappoint.  It was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of garlic throughout, brightness from the lemon zest and juice and the perfect amount of flavor from the basil.  Put this on top of a soft or crispy pita chip and you've got an amazingly addictive snack or appetizer.

Just when you think it can't get any better, it can.  This dip comes together in a matter of seconds, making it perfect for last minute guests or even a quick snack.  It's great right after being made, but can be chilled for a bit to allow the flavors to meld...if time allows.

Go ahead, whip up a batch and enjoy!

White Bean and Basil Hummus
Ingredients

1 (15oz) Can great northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
Juice from half a lemon juice
Zest of half a lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 Cup packed basil leaves
3 Tbsp olive oil

Directions:

Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper, and basil in a food processor.  Pulse until roughly chopped.  With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil until the mixture comes together and becomes creamy.  Taste, adjust seasonings if needed.  Serve.

Recipe source: Flying on Jess Fuel, originally from Ambitious Kitchen

18 comments:

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

Ooooh I love making homemade hummus!! Glad you enjoyed. Now that I have fresh basil in my garden, I need to make this one again!!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

This dip sounds delicious. Hummus is one of my favourite things, and there's not too many weeks go by that I don't make a batch. Loving the idea of this white bean variation, and I love the sound of the basil in there too - kind of like hummus meets pesto :-) Yum.

Karen Kerr said...

I love Jess' blog!! This sounds delicious. Don't you love discovering something you just can't stop eating? Yum!

Karen S Booth said...

The PERFECT recipe for summer, and a long lazy lunch with crusty bread and wine - what a great SRC reveal day recipe, Karen

Erin said...

Yumm! I made a pesto hummus once and adored it. I gotta try it with white beans next time!

Emily said...

Hummus does not last long in my house! This one looks delicious. A perfect summer snack. Happy Reveal Day!

Wendy Klik said...

I love the idea of using white beans instead of chickpeas for this hummos!!

Rebekah Hills said...

Oh my yumm!! That looks like the PERFECT sandwich spread too.... drool....

nicole said...

Nice twist on hummus that uses beans instead of chickpeas! I've gotta try this sometime

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

I have never thought of making hummus with a different twist! I frequently order stuff like this at restaurants, but at home, I tend to make the same traditional version over and over again. Must try this because it looks SO good. And I love Rebekah's idea of using it as a sandwich spread. Yum!

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere said...

I love making any kind of bean dip. And this one sounds just perfect for summer!

Melissa @ Fried Ice and Donut Holes said...

What a perfect party dip! This sounds fantastic. Great pick this month :)

SallyBR said...

I am fond of ANY type of hummus, and white bean is a great twist on this classic

great choice, hope you had a fantastic Reveal Day!

Rebecca Winkler said...

What a cool color of hummus! Great pick.

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

ooo yum! great pick.

haven't had hummus in a long time. My daughter loves it. I gotta make this for her

Sarah E. said...

I (like Nicole) haven't had hummus in a while and this is making me really want some right this second! I bet the basil is great in it ;) Happy belated reveal day!

Lauren Everson said...

I LOVE making bean dips to have for my afternoon snack and this one sounds like the next one I'll be trying!

Susan Pridmore said...

I love how this looks! This dip looks so creamy and delicious!! Great pick this month.

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