Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pesto Style Hummus with Crudité

The weekend starts tomorrow for some of us. Cue the weekend get-togethers. You may not have a clue what you are going to bring, your friend just asked you to make an appetizer. Now it's Thursday and the week is flying right by. You are running out of hours to shop & cook by. This recipe took me less than 15 minutes, I made it the day before, and honestly it just gets better as the days go by. I mean, within reason people, I'm not suggesting taking a week old dish to a party. But seriously, this is the way to go. 

This is a versatile recipe appropriate for lunch, snacks, kids lunchboxes, etc. But, it really shines as a recipe to entertain by. Guests arrive, a beautiful spread of crudités are out with this vibrant Pesto Style Hummus to dip in. Pretty, impressive, and -easy- shhhh!  So, let's get to it. 





Ingredients


3 Cups Garbanzo Beans
1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts
3 Small Cloves Garlic
1/2 Grapefruit, juice only
1/2 Cup Water
Big Handful Basil Leaves
1/2 tsp Salt & Pepper
+ more to your taste













A Few Easy Steps

Start by toasting your pine nuts on low heat while you prep/measure ingredients.



You'll know the pine nuts are toasted when they become fragrant and look like this



Now it's as easy as blending all the ingredients together in a food processor or even a blender is workable. 



I like to add the water slowly, mixing in with a fork when the mix is too thick for the blade to mix through. I used about 1/2 a cup, but you know me and measuring sometimes don't mix, so keep some extra on hand to get it to that thick creamy consistency.


Drizzle a little olive oil over the top when serving. I  added the basil sprig and toasted pine nuts for toppers. 


About That Crudité 


For the Crudité spread, I used:

Whole Wheat Pita, toasted in the oven on 350 for 10 minutes
Black Olives, rinsed & drained
Grape Tomatoes
Daikon Radish, strips
Red Bell Pepper, strips
Radish, sliced


Other good ones are carrot sticks, celery sticks, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, cauliflower and broccoli pieces. So many raw veggies pair with hummus and are a good way to get those raw veggies into kid's (and adults) diets.

Check out my Crudité spread...


Vibrant & colorful. Interactive & playful. This is what they meant by "playing with our food!"



Until next time....Happy Cooking & Crudité-ing!


XoXo 




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