One of my favourite Disney movies from my youth was Aladdin:
And upon my first viewing, the most memorable line I took away from the whole movie was, “Genie, wake up and smell the hummus!” Heeee! 😀 It’s still one of my favourite quotes from the movie and it occasionally slips into my own speech.
Did I mention I looove hummus?
Anyhoos, I set out today to make my favourite hummus recipe, only to find that we’re out of chick peas. Oh Frack.
But I did find a can of black beans.
So I rifled through my favourite (ok, my only) vegan cookbook, Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan, and found her recipe for Black Bean and Orange Hummus. Black beans are my favourite, above all other beans (and I love pretty much all beans), so I was very excited about this recipe idea! But of course, as per usual, I can never actually follow a recipe exactly, so I tweaked it to my own taste. The hummus was rich in flavour, creamy in texture, and sooo addictive!
Black Bean and Orange Hummus (adapted from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed thoroughly and drained
- juice and zest of one large orange (around 1/4 C juice and 1 tsp zest)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 TB almond butter
- 1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
- 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 C (heaping) cilantro leaves
- 1.5 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
- pinch of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
My food processor is not super powerful, and I like a thoroughly integrated garlic flavour, so I mince the garlic to a paste before adding it. (If you have a very good food processor or if you’re not obsessive compulsive about your garlic like me, you can skip this step.) First mince:
Then sprinkle a little salt on the minced garlic (the granules help draw out the moisture):
And use the flat of your knife blade to crush into a paste-like consistency:
Oh, one more tip that I learned from the Food Network…to help extract juice from lemons (or oranges, limes, anything citrusy), use a fork:
So onto the hummus part. Right, so you just throw everything into a food processor and let it do its thang until everything is combined and smooth in texture. Occasionally you need to scrape down the sides of the bowl, but that’s it. Easiest thing evah!
Mmm mmm. The hummus is great alongside tortilla chips, crackers, veggies, bread, or as a sandwich spread. Very versatile!