Delicious Green Pea Hummus Recipe
Green Pea Hummus Recipe
Green peas often get a bad rep. For some reason, it’s the cliché food that many kids simply won’t eat. But because they’re super affordable and a great source of plant-based protein, it’s nice to have a few recipes in your arsenal that make good use of them – like this Green Pea Hummus!
Now, when I first put together this hummus recipe, I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. After all, is hummus really hummus without chickpeas? Technically no, but making it with green peas is a light and refreshing change. It’s also got a tad bit of sweetness which is a nice balance to the garlic.
The optional basil leaves take these attributes to another level and I highly recommend using it them if you have some lying around. Be sure to save a few for garnishing as well! One other advantage of this pea hummus recipe is how easy it is to make. Chickpeas are much denser and thus typically require a high-powered blender if you want to get it smooth in a reasonable amount of time. Because green peas are so soft, you can do this with pretty much any blender to get it smooth.
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You can also use a potato masher, fork or even a mortar and pestle if you don’t have any high-tech gear on hand. If you do go the mashing route, you may want to try overcooking the peas slightly so that they don’t roll everywhere as firm peas sometimes do. For this hummus recipe, you can even use split peas that have been cooked and cooled which will be easier to mash with a fork.
- 1 cup green peas (canned or frozen)
- 1 tbsp tahini paste
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 small clove of garlic (roasted for a milder flavor)
- 5 large basil leaves (optional)
- 1 tsp Salt and pepper to taste (see directions)
- If using a counter-top blender, add all ingredients (aside from the salt and pepper) and blend.
- If all ingredients don’t get processed the first try, stop blending to readjust and blend again. Repeat as necessary.
- Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. If canned peas with salt added were used, you won’t need to add any more.
- If using a hand blender or fork to mash, simply add all the ingredients to a big enough vessel to where they won’t overflow and proceed to mash.
- Serve on toast, with pita pockets, or with preferred veggies for dipping.
Special thanks to Joey Bruno for this contribution to Raise Vegan.
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