I asked The CompostMaster if he wanted to throw a Super Bowl party this year. He got a funny look on his face and said he’d prefer a party with just the two of us so he could concentrate on the game. I’m usually more of a football fanatic than he is, so I was perfectly happy with this plan. A few days later he bumped into some neighbors and came back with an announcement: we’re cooking a pig for the Super Bowl! Uh, what?! If you don’t like a decision that’s been made around this house, wait a few hours. Just like the weather, it will change.
Pig notwithstanding, we’ve been eating a lot less meat over the last few months. If I am throwing a party, I’m going to make sure there are plenty of meatless, dairy-free and gluten-free options. This spicy, pungent Buffalo Wing Hummus will be gobbled up by meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Serve it with sliced raw vegetables like carrots and celery, gluten-free crackers (I like Nut-Thins®) or pita chips.
Buffalo Wing Hummus
Adapted from Food Network Magazine
3 cups home-cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 1/2 cup liquid reserved
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (I used No Naked Meat brand)
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce (I used Tabasco brand)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
If you are using canned chickpeas, you might want to place them in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool the chickpeas. This will remove the “tinny” taste. If you don’t notice a weird taste with canned chickpeas, skip this step.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth.
Makes 4 cups (16 servings)
Per serving (1/4 cup): 79 calories, 3g fat (0g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 10g carb, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 4g protein
Nutritional Analysis: This hummus has no Cholesterol and no Saturated Fat. Chickpeas are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Manganese, Folate and Copper. (Source: nutritiondata.com) If you are watching your Sodium intake, limit or eliminate the added salt and/or look for a low-sodium barbecue sauce.