Holiday Hummus with Pomegranates

Holiday Hummus with Pomegranates

Another day in December means another holiday party, am I the only one feeling like this? Tbh I am so excited for all the holiday parties that come with along with the holiday season. I like using recipes that are, quick, cheap and tasty that makes guests want more. Hummus (a.k.a yuummus) is a great healthy option for holiday parties. It is a versatile dish and offers tons of opportunity for different add-ins creating various flavor profiles. The base of this holiday hummus with pomegranates is one of the best hummus recipes I’ve found. The toppings are an added bonus.

Santa Baby, Hurry Down The Chimney

I was very good this year! So good that Santa came early. He delivered a large brown package that held a BRAND NEW VITAMIX! I think I have mentioned needed a Vitamix every time I’ve used a blender in the last 365 days. Apparently, my boyfriend Zach was tired of hearing about it. Because the lovely package was from him!

If you’re a kitchen appliance nerd like me I’ll give you the juicy deets. If not, skip this paragraph and we can carry on. I went with a black, low-profile version with only a wet blade. The main reason for picking this one was
1. it fits under the kitchen cabinets
2. I only make wet things, a dry blade isn’t necessary yet
3. Black goes with everything.

I’m mostly pumped about having a new blender because my previous blender was the absolute worst. If you saw this old blender you would 100% understand why I’m so pumped up.

Backstory

My grandma loves a good bargain. She got it for me from a garage sale where it cost $3. It worked like it was worth $3 too. It was around 16 oz. 5 years old, and turned into a to-go cup with the blade attachment as the lid. I was pretty cool the first 2 seconds of using it. I made that bad boy last nearly 6 months. When I finally gave up on it it was because my smoothies were leaking everywhere while blending, and yes the lid was screwed on. Another flaw was the horrific noise it made while blending. My internship roommate blended smoothies in the garage because the sound was that bad.

No worries if you don’t have a Vitamix or a high-speed blender. The holiday hummus doesn’t require these tools, but using one works great. Any other blender or food processor should do the job unless it was $3 at a garage sale.

Recipe

Hummus Base

  • 24 oz. can garbanzo beans

  • 4 Tbsp tahini

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tsp garlic salt

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup water, add more until desired consistency reached

Topping

  • ½ cup garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed, then roasted

  • ½ cup red onion thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

  • Fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F

  2. Using a food processor blend all "hummus base" ingredients together until smooth

  3. Taste, then if desired add more garlic or lemon to taste.

  4. With a towel pat dry ½ C garbanzo beans. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  5. Place hummus in serving dish adding topping before serving.

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