When you think of football parties, does pizza come to mind? Well, here’s a vegan twist that you can make the night before: Pizza Hummus! It’s a healthy, delicious, pizza-flavored dip or spread you can happily add to your game day celebrations!
2 cups chick peas, cooked, drained, reserve liquid
1⁄2 cup dried tomatoes, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water, drained, reserve liquid
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1⁄2 lemon, squeezed)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1⁄4 teaspoon salt (omit if using canned, salted chick peas)
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Blend
1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon dried Italian blend seasoning
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or equivalent fresh)
Put all of the ingredients in the food processor.
Pulse until everything is in smaller pieces and mixed together.
Add 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the chick peas and 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the dried tomatoes.
Run the food processor, adding more reserved liquids, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture moves around freely.
Process another two minutes, or until it’s smooth and creamy.
Put the finished hummus in a food storage container in the refrigerator over night to allow the flavors to develop.
Yield: 2-1⁄2 cups.
You can increase the nutritional yeast to 4 tablespoons for a cheesier taste. You may have to increase the liquid as well, though, to compensate.
This will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator, so it’s a perfect, make-ahead for parties.
If you don’t have dehydrated tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes (not the ones packed in oil!) will also work. Just soak them ahead of time.
This flavor of hummus is always a big hit with company. I don’t tell them there’s no dairy cheese in it. What they don’t know is that they’re getting a nice boost of B vitamins from the nutritional yeast, which is where the cheesy flavor comes from.