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Beet Hummus…

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Ingredients

For the Beets:

4 beets, yellow and red variety

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

3 cardamom pods, optional

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons salt

For the Hummus:

1½ cups raw chickpeas, soaked overnight

1 teaspoon baking soda

Water to cover

¾ cup raw tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

⅓ cup cooked beets

⅓ to ½ cup ice water (use less for a thicker spread)

For the Garnish:

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

½ jalapeño, finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)

Kosher salt, to taste

Additional beets

Mint leaves

Pine nuts

Directions

1. Make the beets: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the beets with the vinegar, cardamom (if using), sugar and salt in a deep roasting tray. Pour in water to halfway up the beets, then cover well with foil and place in the oven to roast until a knife slides through the beets easily, around 45 minutes.

2. Remove the beets from the liquid and use a kitchen towel to remove the skin while still hot.

3. Make the hummus: Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place the soaking chickpeas in a deep pot with baking soda. Mix and let cook until dry. Pour in water to cover, then bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and skim the film that forms on top.

4. Let simmer on medium heat until the chickpeas are creamy and break between your fingers when pinched, around 30 minutes. Strain and place in a Vitamix or strong blender with tahini, garlic, salt and beets. Blend, then slowly pour in the ice water until creamy.

5. Make the garnish: Place the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, jalapeño and salt in a blender and combine until very fine. Top the hummus with the jalapeño mix, beets, mint and pine nuts. Serve warm.



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