Garden Pea Hummus




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A vibrant variation on everybody's favorite appetizer!

Garden Pea Hummus ~ a fresh spring twist on everybody’s favorite middle eastern dip ~ garden peas brighten up plain hummus and add a bright green hue!

Spring is here, ready or not.  I’m guessing most of us are ready.  But here in California the change is so subtle, I mean, the flowers have been blooming for months, and the trees are never actually bare; by the time the last leaves fall the new bright green shoots are already in place.

There are a few signs of change, though.  I don’t know how this happened, and I have yet to see the act in person, but birds of some sort or another have been raiding our backyard lounge chairs for nesting fluff.  Somehow they bored their way through the weatherproof fabric and have been systematically removing the stuffing.  They must enter through the hole and then dive deep down into the cushion and then find their way out again.  Two of our four chairs are now unusable.  I know we have to share resources, but sheesh!

Hummus is my go-to appetizer for casual entertaining.  It’s just perfect for plopping down on the low round table that sits in the center of those chairs and enjoying an early spring evening with friends.  Or, under the circumstances, maybe just with my husband.   I think I make it so often because I find it actually relaxing to make.  The food processor does the work and I get to stand there, drop things in, and watch the magic happen.  Like when you add a couple of cups of garden peas to a batch of regular hummus and watch it turn spring green.

Hummus is one of those foods that is so easy to transform that it makes sense to do it every now and again, even if you love the plain old traditional version best.  It’s a good thing because I turn to it so often I get a little self conscious about serving it again.


This is a mildly flavored hummus, the peas brighten it up and give it a light ‘pea’ taste, but nothing overpowering.  I think this version would go particularly well with veggies on the side like carrots, asparagus, peppers, jicama, etc., and the colors would be gorgeous.


Other hummus variations on the blog besides good old Plain, are Lemon Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper, and Hummus with Spiced Lamb.  And don’t forget the Homemade Tahini  and Homemade Pita Breadif you’re super inspired.

Garden Pea Hummus
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Middle Eastern/American

Servings: serves 10

Garden Pea Hummus

A fresh take on classic Middle Eastern Hummus ~ perfect for a spring fling!

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 12-oz bag frozen peas, briefly rinsed under cool water.
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • olive oil
  • toasted pine nuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. With the motor going, drop the garlic into the food processor and let it go until finely minced.
  2. Add the chick peas and the regular peas and process for a couple of minutes, scraping down the sides until the mixture is as smooth as you can get it.
  3. Add the lemon juice and tahini, and continue processing. Pour in water until the hummus has a nice loose consistency.
  4. Taste it and add more salt, pepper, or lemon.
  5. Garnish with olive oil, lots of toasted pine nuts, and a few sprigs of fresh mint.

Notes:

  • You could use fresh peas, but why?  Frozen are easier, they taste better, and are just as healthy, if not more so.  Peas lose their nutrients quickly, and the ones you see in supermarkets have been languishing in trucks and on shelves too long.  Unless you can nab fresh peas from a garden or a farmer’s market, stick with frozen for this.  If you do use fresh peas, blanch them in boiling water for a minute or two before pureeing.

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    shannon weber
    March 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    oh, YOU: “the flowers have been blooming for months, nothing really ever gets bare…” STOP IT. :) I came home from florida to like, 48 feet of snow or something, so i can’t hear about Cali non-winter right now.
    Pea hummus; one of my favorite things on this earth to eat. We have a restaurant or two that does a pea hummus, but i’ve never been able to snag a good recipe for it to make at home. Now, problem = solved. I’m eating a beet hummus right now, so after that’s done, it’s pea time.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    March 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Okay, I feel like I say this to you all the time, but… THIS IS SO PRETTY, SUE! You just take pretty pictures and make pretty food, what can I say? I love the gorgeous Spring green the peas lend and against that plate!! Mmmmm…

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    grace
    March 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    critters can be crafty!
    i LOVE peas. i’m pretty sure i can name them as my favorite garden veggie. this is an inspired and delicious batch of hummus, for sure.

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    annie
    March 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This looks so fresh and pretty! Love your photos….of course!

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    belleau kitchen
    March 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    glorious!.. would never have thought of adding peas to hummus… divine. x

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    Abbe Odenwalder
    March 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I want to swipe my finger through your picture and have a taste. We too have also had birds swipe our stuffing. Guess that should teach me to put them away for winter. But the birds weren’t bad, compared to the squirrels!

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    WhileChasingKids
    March 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Looks so fresh! I love the color and the pine nuts – I add them everywhere!

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    Eileen
    March 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What a great way to eat as many fresh spring peas as possible! I love the idea of a smooth green hummus with the crunchy contrast of pine nuts. :)

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    Val
    March 21, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I’ve never seen hummus look so good.

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    Red Star to Lone Star
    March 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Oh yeah. Look at this fresh, green color! Definitely spring is here!

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    vanillasugarblog
    March 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    well!
    when you do it this way, yes of course I want to make it!
    adding those pine nuts to it? Genius!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    What a gorgeous color! I would love to try this version. We love hummus here! That’s too bad about your chairs. The birds must have been cold too :)

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    Nicole Pearce
    March 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    When I first saw the title I was thinking, “I can’t believe they have fresh peas already”. We won’t have fresh peas until August! Then I saw you used frozen, hooray! This looks like a beautiful idea for a spring potluck.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your chairs. A few years ago our oldest dog was lounging out on the deck. It was spring and he was blowing out his winter coat. I watched for about two hours while the chickadees flew back and forth pulling out his fur! I had often left the dog brush outside in the spring and had seen them take it from the brush, but was amazed when they went straight for the source. Now when I brush the dogs in the spring I just toss the fur out into the yard. It always disappears.

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    Mary Younkin
    March 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am making this asap. Not only does it sound delicious, but the color is beautiful too. I can hardly wait to dive into it now.

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    Tricia Buice
    March 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    This is a lovely hummus to kick off the start of spring! Sorry about your stuffing, from your chairs, perhaps you should just remove the rest of the fluff and let them have it. I just heard we’re getting more cold weather and snow this evening. Snow in the forecast for Monday too. California sounds pretty nice about now!