Nothing beats homemade hummus. Nooottthhhhiiiing!
But if I’m going to go to all the trouble to lug out the food processor, then I don’t just want plonky same-old plain hummus. I want something snazzy and zingy and out of this world! Why not even make it luminous pink for good measure?
Moms, I can guarantee you any kid will eat hummus if you make it bright pink and rename it as unicorn mousse!
What happens though when you’ve gone to all the trouble to dust off the required kitchen equipment, foraged for all your ingredients in the fridge, just to reach for a tin of chickpeas and realise you’re out of chickpeas? You improvise with the last lonely tin of butter beans or cannelini beans.
This recipe works just as well with the more traditional chickpea, but if like me you’re rubbish at non-perishable stock take then grab a tin of whatever-beans you have to hand.
- 1 tin butterbeans (drained & rinsed)
- 1/2 cup tahini
- Juice of 1 lemon (or to taste if it's an extraordinarily gigantic lemon)
- 1 smallish garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (but again, to taste)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or maybe more if mixture is a bit stiff)
- 1/2 cup drained pickled beetroot (storebought, I won't tell if you don't)
- In a food processor add the tin of butterbeans, salt, tahini, lemon juice and garlic clove and blitz till it starts to resemble a crumbly paste
- Start drizzling in the olive oil through the top nozzle while it’s blending until it becomes a better consistency
- Add in the pickled beetroot and whizz till smooth
- If it’s too thick or tacky, turn it back on and drizzle in some more olive oil and lemon juice until it reaches the desired consistency
- Add a teaspoon or two of the brining liquid from the beetroot to really amplify the pink colour and add a little bit more zing
- Chop up some jalapeno chillis if you’re craving a bit of oomph. Otherwise serve them on the side if you’re feeding this to the kiddos
- It makes a divine dip or a great spread on wraps or pitas. Kids will eat just about anything if they get to coat it in this magically pink concoction that tastes surprisingly good as long as you don’t tell them it’s healthy