I didn't directly follow this week's I Heart Cooking Club theme, Expand Your Pantry, where we were to make a Heidi Swanson dish with new ingredients or ingredients we don't cook with often. I use red lentils and the other ingredients in the recipe pretty frequently, but what is new to me is making hummus out of lentils. Since we are nearing the holidays, I am always looking for simple and tasty dishes for parties and potlucks and Heidi's Red Lentil Hummus seemed like a good match.
Heidi says, "This hummus is smooth as buttercream, in part because red lentils are
used in place of the more typical chickpeas. ... Red lentils lose
much of their blush in the cooking process, but the resulting hummus is
still a nice sight topped with chives and sesame."
Red Lentil Hummus
Recipe by Heidi Swanson, Near & Far Cookbook
(Makes About 3 Cups)
2 1/2 cups cooked red lentils (see Note)
2 medium cloves garlic (I used 4 cloves)
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 4 Tbsp)
(I added 1/2 tsp ground cumin and ground paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper)
2/3 cup tahini
3/4 tsp fine-grain sea salt
2 to 3 Tbsp whey, kefir, or warm water
2 tsp black sesame seeds
extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, minced chives to serve
Start by adding the cooked lentils and garlic to a food
processor and pulsing for at least a minute, scraping the paste from the
corners once or twice along the way.
Add the lemon juice, tahini, and sea salt. Blend again,
another minute or so. Don’t skimp on the blending time, but stop if the
beans form a doughy ball inside the processor. At this point start
adding the whey a splash at a time. Blend, blend, blend, until the
hummus is smooth and light, aerated and creamy.
Taste, and adjust to your liking—adding more lemon juice
or salt, if needed. Serve topped with the black sesame seeds, and
preferably, a good amount olive oil, a few drops of toasted sesame oil and lots of chives. Serve with veggies, crackers, bread or chips.
Note: Rinse 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils well and place
in a saucepan with 1 3/4 cups of water. Bring to a simmer,
cover, and cook until tender, roughly 15 minutes.
Notes/Results: The texture of this hummus is definitely ultra-creamy which I liked a lot. It didn't have quite as much flavor as my usual hummus and so I went back and added a some cumin, paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper and pumped up the amount of lemon juice. With those changes, it had the flavor I was looking for. A nice change to add to my humus repertoire and fun to try something new. With my flavor changes, I would happily make it again.
This recipe is linked up at I Heart Cooking Clubs for this week's Expand Your Pantry theme. You can see how everyone expanded their pantries bu checking out the picture links on the post.