Last year when I was going to New Orleans often with that guy I used to know I had the most incredible hummus of my life at a restaurant there called Napoleons House. I actually asked our waiter to confirm with the kitchen that there wasn't any meat in it as it had this amazing smoky depth to it. He looked at me like I was crazy but trust me - I've had meat sneak into traditionally non-meat dishes many times since becoming a vegetarian. He confirmed I was okay to eat it and I devoured it. Thankfully, he mentioned that the main flavor of the hummus was smoked paprika. I hadn't used anything beyond traditional paprika before so when I got home I went to work trying to recreate the recipe.
I've basically taken a traditional hummus recipe, lightened it up a bit to keep the calories in check, and added the smoked paprika. It's not as rich and creamy since I halved the normal amount of tahini and olive oil but it still has a great taste and is a nice change from 'traditional' hummus!
Smoked Paprika Hummus
- 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas (use the water in the can as well!)
- 1/2 T. Olive Oil
- 1.5 T. Tahini
- 1/2 T. Lemon Juice
- 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 T. smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Put it all in a food processor (or blender like I did!) and mix away! I actually drained the chickpeas before using them and had to add about 1/3 c. of water to get it to a nice consistency - hence why I recommend just using the water in the can.
1 serving (2 Tablespoons) = 47 calories. Boom! Most store bought hummus come in at 80-100 calories per serving.
I also had some pita bread that was in danger of going stale so I chopped them up into tiny triangles and baked in the oven (on a parchment lined baking sheet) for about 8 min at 450 degrees. Perfect!
I'm also a fanatic for eating hummus with carrots. The sweet + savory combo gets me every time!
Finally, because I think no post is every truly complete with out a photo of Salem:
I'm telling you ... no matter how bad of a mood I may be in when I see him posted up like this with his little hand cradling his fat I just melt.
What's your favorite type of hummus? What do you like to use hummus in?