Hummus, which is part of the Mediterranean diet, is a healthy dish and can be used with a wide variety of food types. Of all the varieties of hummus available, beet hummus is one of the very interesting ones that will add some color to your food.
Next, we will take a look at an easy recipe to make beet hummus quickly, at home, and without too much effort. Not everyone likes beets, but this beet hummus may change their mind and make them a fan.
Stay with us for a quick, easy, and fun method to make beet hummus at home all by yourself.
List Of Ingredients
Many people love to make original hummus and add beets to the recipe to make an interesting ruby red hummus. However, we are interested in making a beet-only hummus, which is a great dish to serve on special days such as Valentine’s Day.
This recipe doesn’t have to be just for special occasions, though. You can make this recipe whenever you choose for variety and fun.
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 half teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
- Olive oil (canola oil or grapeseed oil will also do)
- 4 medium-size beets (This will measure to about half a pound)
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
We added this section of additional ingredients because many people love to experiment, and this recipe is not carved in stone. You are free to experiment with a wide variety of ingredients until you find the perfect one. We only added a few of them here.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest (2 large lemon peels should be enough)
- 5 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of sesame seed
Prepare the Beet
There are at least two ways to prepare your beets for a beet hummus recipe, so we will give you both to experiment with.
You want them to be soft enough so that the blender can easily chop them into a nice, smooth, mushy consistency.
Lightly Cook the Beet
- Cut off all tops from the beet, and scrub the roots until they are clean.
- Cook on the stovetop in a pot until it is soft enough to easily penetrate it with a fork or knife.
- After about 30 minutes, it should be tender, and you can easily peel it after it is cooled down enough to touch with your hands.
- Cut the beet into sizable cubes so that it can be easily chopped in the blender.
Oven Bake Or Roast It
To intensify the flavor of the beets, you can alternatively bake them in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until tender. Larger or older beets may take longer to get soft enough for your purpose.
- To do this, put some aluminum foil in the bottom of a baking pan.
- After you have cleaned the beets, pack them on the pan, and pour some olive oil over them.
- Cover the beets with another piece of foil, and press the sides together for even roasting of the beets.
- When it is tender, you can take them out and peel them as discussed above. Also, slice them into smaller pieces.
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Pulse until it is smooth for about 5 minutes.
- Taste and add some seasoning if needed.
- Let it cool down and put it in the refrigerator for about 3 days.
You can freeze the hummus to store for long periods and defrost if you need to use it.
Some Hummus Tips
For a more fluffy and creamy hummus, add a few ice cubes in the ingredients while it is blending, but not too much.
Beet hummus, as mentioned before, is a healthy dish that can be eaten on a regular basis without bad side effects.
Beet hummus is a versatile side dish that can be used with a wide variety of dishes. It can also be served as a stand-alone dish with all types of embellishments added to it.
- It can be used as a spread to put on pita bread.
- Use it as a dip for veggie sticks, chips, or even crackers
- Add some feta cheese and seeds on top of it for a nice stand-alone dish.
- Put it on toast with avocado on top.
- Put it on slices of cucumber.
As you can see, this is an easy recipe that can be used for many different configurations of beet hummus. This recipe should have you experimenting with beets to use them with other types of dips for parties or get-togethers.