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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Edamame Hummus with Toasted Pita Chips


I'm finding it's that "dip" time of year.  Between football, tailgating, the holidays, and an increasing amount of time spent indoors, it seems like we all will enjoy spending time with our friends and loved ones over some good food during the next few months.

I got together with 2 of my favorite bloggers, Amy at Gastronome Tart and Courtney at Cook Like a Champion for dinner the other week-- we always have a great time chatting about blogging and, of course, food!  For an appetizer, we shared an order of Edamame Hummus.  I think we all decided on this because it sounded intriguing and also seemed a relatively healthy option.  Well, I absolutely loved this version of hummus-- it was such a nice change from the standard hummus made from chick peas.  I have been thinking of it (longingly) in the weeks since and finally searched for a recipe to make my own.

As you can tell from the title, this hummus is made using edamame (soy beans) as its base.  After blanching the edamame, you process the beans with some tahini, lemon, garlic, and spices and that's it! I used my 2-cup mini food processor and it worked great. We served this with crisped pita chips which are so easy to make on your own and a healthy option as well.  You just take pita bread (I used whole wheat but you can use whatever kind you'd like) and bake it on a cookie sheet until its nice and crunchy.  This dip is also great with fresh veggies (carrots, red pepper strips, celery, cucumber slices are good options) or if you are short of time, tortilla chips are yummy too.

I love to collect good dip recipes, especially at this time of year, and this one was definitely a keeper for me.  I like that its so easy to make and the ingredients can be kept on hand.  Its just an added bonus that this dip is healthy too-- definitely a delicious option to keep in mind.   Don't you just love it when you genuinely enjoy eating something and its healthy too??

As a note, you may find you need to adjust the measurements to suit your own preference.  It you want your dip to be creamier, you may want to add more tahini. Also, this dip is good and garlicky so if that's not your thing, you may want to use only 1 clove.  I found I had to taste the dip and adjust slightly until I got it where I wanted it.

Ingredients:
6 (6-inch) pitas, split in half horizontally
1 1/2 cups frozen blanched shelled edamame
4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
3-4 tbs. tahini (sesame-seed paste)
3 tbs. water
3 tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. paprika

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Arrange pita halves in a single layer on oven rack.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until crisp, and cool completely on a wire rack.  Break each pita half into about 6 chips.

Prepare edamame according to package directions, omitting salt.  Place 1 tbs. oil, salt, cumin, and garlic in a food processor, and pulse 2 to 3 times or until coarsely chopped.  Add the edamame, parsley, tahini, water, and lemon juice; process 1 minute or until smooth.  Spoon the hummus into a serving bowl.  Drizzle with 1 tsp. oil, and sprinkle with paprika.  Serve with pita chips.

Adapted from Cooking Light



18 comments:

  1. Yum! What a delicious alternative to a lot of the fat-laden dips around during the season.

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  2. Oooh, a healthy AND tasty appetizer! Beautiful!

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  3. I love humus! But it's a pity that in my country it's impossible to find edamame. You have a nice blog...
    Greetings from Chile.

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  4. Cool! Hummus is my favorite dip. I've never had an edamame one, though. Sounds great!

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  5. Lovely flavors and so good and healthy, I'm going to be making this - a lovely recipe :)
    Mary

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  6. I love the color of edamame - it's such a happy color (especially in the middle of winter when everything seems gray...)

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  7. What a great idea! I LOVE hummus and I LOVE edamame....this is amazing!

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  8. I love edamame, this is beautiful Ryan! It make such a nice color. I need to try this, I have ran across various recipes for it before but it always sounds delicious!

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  9. What a lovely take on a fresher tasting hummus using edamame and parsley. Great colour too!

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  10. I absolutely love edamame! I am bookmarking this and make it soon!

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  11. Yea! You ended up making it! How was this recipe? Did you like it better than the restaurant we went to? It looks just as delicious if not better!

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  12. Hummus is a favorite of mine....love the idea of using the edamame! Looks great, Ryan!

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  13. I am always intrigued with Hummus and unfortunately I am not sure if I can find the ingredients here.I hope to try it someday.Im happy to be here once again.Its been a long while.Ive been busy adjusting with my new schedule cause I work again and my laptop broke down too.

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  14. I'm not a fan of hummus, but I love the color of yours, Ryan.

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  15. Great twist on the usual hummus with edamame,I can imagine this must be awesome!And healthy too!

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  16. Tailgating season is my favorite time of year to find new snacks. This is a definitely "must try." Sounds fabulous!!

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  17. That sounds like a fantastic dip - I think I'm going to keep this in mind for the next potluck I go to.

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  18. edamame as an alternative is genius. I love edamame. I've been wanting to make my own hummus but now that i have edamame in my freezer i could try making this. hubs will be surprised he will have a new kind of dip tonight hehe. thanks for sharing ryan!

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