Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spinach & Feta Hummus Dip

Some time ago while in the USA I came across a prepared spinach hummus dip. I didn't buy it or try it but the idea of it stayed with me. It doesn't seem to be available here in Canada as of yet, leaving me no choice but to try and create my own home-made version. I used my standard hummus recipe and started by simply adding some fresh spinach leaves to it to see where that would take me...incredibly the flavour did not change at all, it still tasted like regular hummus?!! I decided to add a bit of feta and some olives just to play with the flavour a bit and make it different.The excellent and healthy dip that can be made in 5 minutes!

*serves 8+

1-19oz can chickpeas, drained with liquid reserved
1/4 cup of the reserved chickpea liquid

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 pitted kalamata olives
2 tbsp feta cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tbsp tahini paste
good pinch of kosher or sea salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)

good grinding of fresh black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

-in a small food processor bowl add all ingredients except olive oil and puree until mixed
-add olive oil and whirl until creamy, adding more oil if necessary to reach desired consistency
-transfer to a serving bowl, with a knife swirl a well around the top of the hummus and drizzle with a bit of olive oil and crumble a bit of feta over the top

*serve with pita chips or cut up veggies for dipping
*will keep in the fridge for about 1 week

*an original recipe by jcsmama

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