Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spinach & Artichoke Hummus

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When I think of Mediterranean inspired appetizers, the first thing that comes to mind is hummus. It's a great dip to serve with crudites, pitas or even toasted baguette slices. I knew I had to include some kind of hummus in the Mediterranean menu I was putting together for friends. Rather than making a simple, classic hummus, I thought of other flavors to make... like Spinach & Artichoke Hummus!

One popular dip I enjoy is Spinach & Artichoke. It's a great flavor combination and with hummus as a base recipe, it's a flavor that can be incorporated well. I did a search and found the following Rachel Ray recipe and made a few adaptations. I really liked how the recipe came out because it still maintained a hummus quality and had a great balance of spinach/artichoke flavor without it being too overpowering. To serve, I provided a few dippers including baby carrots, cucumber slices, whole wheat pita triangles and toasted baguette slices.

To help make this a delicious dish, I used Victoria Marinated Artichokes. This was something I found at a local grocery store and decided to give it a try. The marinade absorbed by the artichokes really added a nice pop of flavor to the hummus. If you like artichokes, you'll love this recipe...

Spinach & Artichoke Hummus
recipe adapted from Rachel Ray

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
2 garlic cloves
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 (10oz) box chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and drained well
1 12-ounce can Victoria Marinated Artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 slices sun dried tomatoes, minced

In the food processor, combine all the ingredients except the sun dried tomatoes and puree until smooth.

Fold in chopped sun dried tomatoes and transfer into serving bowl.

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13 comments:

Amy @Very Culinary said...

I've been having a love affair with chickpeas for years. I would devour that entire bowl and not blink!

Shulie Foodwanderings said...

I love how you enhanced the humble hummus with spinach and artichoke. I bet this version is yummilicious!

Angie said...

This hummus looks so good! I could eat it all!

Courtney @ Neighborfood said...

Yum! I love artichokes and hummus so this recipe is right up my alley! Great party idea!

Boulder Locavore said...

I love the sound of this Joan! Great fresh flavors.

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen said...

So delicious!

Basilmomma Heather Tallman said...

Love Hummus!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks great! What a fun spin on the classic hummus.

Samantha said...

Spinach and artichoke hummus is my favorite one to buy in the store so I am super excited to make it myself!

Nicole V said...

Looks yummy I love hummus and artichoke but never thought about combining them before!

Dawn Lopez said...

Oh yummy! I have to say that spinach and artichokes are one of my favorite flavor combinations ever. What a creative idea to add it with hummus! Thanks so much for this yummy recipe!

Kim Bee said...

Okay, are you ready for this one? I've never tried hummus. I know right. It's so weird. I need to get on it now. Starting with this one.

Angie Barrett said...

I love Spinach & Artichokes and I LOVE hummus! I'm going to have to try this soon!

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