Looking for a healthy, yet delicious dip for your next party or snack time? Look no further than roasted cauliflower hummus! This recipe combines the nutty flavor of roasted cauliflower with the creaminess of traditional hummus, creating a unique and flavorful twist on a classic dip.
I first discovered this recipe while looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. I had always been a fan of hummus, but I wanted to find a way to make it even more nutritious. That's when I stumbled upon the idea of adding roasted cauliflower to the mix.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but after trying a few different variations, I found the perfect combination of ingredients to create a delicious and healthy dip that I now make on a regular basis.
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- ¼ cup of tahini
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of cumin
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of paprika
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Hummus:
Both roasting and steaming are viable options for cooking cauliflower for hummus. However, roasting can add a deeper, nuttier flavor to the cauliflower, which can enhance the overall taste of the hummus. Steaming, on the other hand, can help retain more of the cauliflower's natural flavor and nutrients. Ultimately, the choice between roasting or steaming depends on your personal preference and the equipment you have available.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Place the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown.
- In a food processor, combine the roasted cauliflower, minced garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas to the food processor and pulse until the hummus is well combined and creamy.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika.
How to Store Roasted:
- Transfer the hummus to an airtight container.
- Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top to create a seal and prevent the hummus from drying out.
- Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
It's important to note that homemade hummus doesn't contain preservatives, so it's best to consume it within a week. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as a sour smell or mold growth, discard it immediately.
How to Freeze:
- Transfer the hummus to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.
- Press out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
- Label the container or bag with the date and contents.
- Freeze the hummus for up to 3 months.
To thaw frozen hummus, simply transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. You may notice that the texture of the hummus has changed slightly after freezing, but a quick stir should help to restore its smooth consistency.
It's important to note that freezing the hummus with the basil pesto on top may result in the pesto losing its fresh and vibrant color. To prevent this, you can store the hummus without the pesto and add it on top after thawing.
Can I use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh?
Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh. Just be sure to thaw it and pat it dry before roasting.
Can I omit the tahini?
If you don't have tahini or don't like the taste, you can omit it from the recipe. However, the hummus may not be as creamy without it.
Can I use a different type of bean instead of chickpeas?
Yes, you can use a different type of bean instead of chickpeas. Cannellini beans or navy beans work well as a substitute.
How long does roasted cauliflower hummus last in the refrigerator?
Roasted cauliflower hummus can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can I freeze roasted cauliflower hummus?
While it is possible to freeze hummus, the texture and flavor can be affected by the freezing process. It's best to consume roasted cauliflower hummus fresh or within a few days of making it.
Can I make roasted cauliflower hummus without a food processor?
While a food processor makes it easier to achieve a smooth and creamy texture, it is possible to make roasted cauliflower hummus without one. You can use a blender or immersion blender, or simply mash the ingredients together with a fork or potato masher.
Roasted cauliflower hummus is a delicious and healthy dip that is perfect for snacking, parties, and everything in between. With its unique combination of flavors and creamy texture, it's sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.