It’s Summa-Summa-Summatime! Warm and sunny and time for picnics! This is a perfect dish to take to a picnic, or any other get-together where you have to bring along a side dish. (Jump to recipe)
I got this recipe from a great new food blog I found recently, La Fuji Mama (check out her Carrot Halwa – OMG! making soon…). I was really excited to find it, because I am completely burned out on hummus. Or, as my old roommate would say, “I am so over hummus.”
I only changed the recipe a little – to make it more moist I added more lime juice, more tomatoes and a little bit of olive oil (though drastically less than traditional hummus).
All you do is throw black beans, cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, serrano chile, lime juice, cumin, cayenne, and salt into a food processor and blend away. Both times I’ve made this, I doubled the recipe, so you may want to have enough ingredients on-hand to do the same. One batch will be gone before you know it!
To make homemade pita chips, I tear open the pita (I like my chips thin), cut it into triangles, brush one side with olive oil, and sprinkle on a mixture of fine-grain sea salt and Italian seasoning. You can use any seasoning you like on these, depending on what you’re serving them with. Then they bake at 350 degrees F for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned.
(and thanks to Kim, my lovely hand model )
RECIPE – Black Bean Hummus
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 serrano pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Cut the leafy tops off the stems of your cilantro. Roughly chop the leaves, for an equivalent of about 3 packed tablespoons.
Cut your serrano pepper in half, width-wise. You only need one of the halves for this recipe. Cut the remaining half in half, length-wise, and remove seeds. Chop the pepper.
Roughly chop about 1/2 of a large tomato.
Add the cilantro, tomato, serrano pepper, garlic, spices, olive oil, and drained beans to a food processor.
Squeeze the lime juice into the processor as well. Puree.
This will yield close to 2 cups of hummus, which is about 4 servings as an appetizer. Serve with tortilla chips or pita bread.