Black Bean Hummus
(Yields maybe 1-1 1/2 cups-It's hard to say since we inhaled it so quickly)
1 can black beans or 15 ounces black beans
1-2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3/4 teaspoons cumin
a pinch up to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley (or a tablespoon fresh)
salt to taste
Rinse the beans well and process everything but the beans in a food processor. Add the beans and process to the desired consistency. I like mine the texture of refried beans with bean pieces still visible (I usually use my immersion blender to get this consistency).
A few notes :
If your using canned beans don't add any salt until you taste at the end since most canned beans are salted. Ours didn't need any.
The way you prep the garlic will dramatically effect the flavor. If you use the processor or immersion blender it's going to bring out the spicy element of the garlic, so take it easy on the cayenne, a pinch or two will do it. If you want a more subtle garlic flavor, hand mince it and stir it in at the end or substitute powdered garlic, then you might want to add a little more cayenne.
If you're not familiar with tahini, it is a paste made of roasted sesame seeds and it can usually be found in the ethnic food aisle. A can will run you around $5 bucks and will last a long time. Don't skip this ingredient as it adds a lot of the flavor!
Serving suggestions: dip for veggies or crackers, sandwich spread, or my favorite is on toasted pita with slices of ripe tomato.
If you're lazy and happen to live in the Atlanta area, you can score some of Grace's version through her site or at some of the farmers markets in the area. I have adored everything I have eaten of her's. Her pimento cheese is one of the best I've ever had and last week she had a blueberry buttermilk soup that was so good I literally licked the jar out. You can often find her at the Wednesday Decatur Farmers Market.
A Digression About Spices:
I like a lot of flavor and it shows in my spice rack. We're talking 50+ items with both regular and smoked paprika and three colors of peppercorn. I occasionally buy top shelf booze for a teaspoon in a recipe. Yeah, I'm that person. I get most of my spices from Your Dekalb Farmer's Market (to be fair, not a real farmers market, but a wonderful Atlanta resource nonetheless). Having fresh spices really makes a difference, especially in recipes like the one above. So if your spices have been in your pantry since the beginning of time, please know that your final product may need some adjustments.
I know I promised a post about natural cosmetics and it's coming... eventually.