Hummus with Paprika Dip

I'll admit this is definitely an experimental recipe, I've made it a few times and tweaked it to the point where I'm ready to share! My main trick is, instead of using store bought tahini paste (which is crushed sesame paste), I make a peanut butter-sesame seed blend to add to the chick peas. With the help of the Vitamix high-power blender, the result is a smooth, creamy and delicious hummus creation.
Let me know what you think! 😊

To sprinkle over the hummus, do yourself a favour and go get a little box of Pimenton De La Vera Smoked Paprika. This paprika, imported directly from Spain is the key to many Spanish tapas. I discovered this little box of yumminess on a trip to Barcelona. My sister-in-law had asked that I bring a few back for her. After searching for it in the food markets and specialty spice shops, we found it in a cute little shop that sold spices and cookware on a narrow cobblestone street in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). I never knew I loved paprika until I tried this one! Best part is, it's available in many places including the St Lawrence Market in Toronto. You can also buy on Amazon

Serves 5-6

1 1/2 cup dry chick peas, washed and soaked overnight
2 tbsp unsalted peanuts, de-shelled
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
3 cloves garlic
1 lemon, juiced
2-3 tbsp water that was used to boil chick peas
Pimenton De La Vera Smoked Paprika to sprinkle over the hummus

Boil the chick peas for 15-20 min, after it's been soaked overnight. In the meantime, place the peanuts, sesame seeds and olive oil in a food processor or blender at high speed (if using the Vitamix, slowly turn to variable 9-10) and blend for 30 sec. Drain the chick peas, keeping 2-3 tbsp of water and add this to the food processor/blender. Add the lemon juice and garlic and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add a bit more olive oil and water to change the consistency of the dip to your liking. Serve immediately or store in the fridge and have it as a spread in a sandwich or dip with veggies.

Dry chick peas soaked in water overnight 
Cooked chick peas, drained

Pita and hummus


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