Gettting Game Day Ready With Hummus

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It’s game time, folks. With the Superbowl right around the corner, it’s important to have a food strategy for the big day. After all, you don’t want your Super Bowl gathering to be a fumble.

The Super Bowl is the perfect for opportunity for home chefs to flex their culinary muscle by creating tasty finger foods that are sure to please. But, wait. What about all those healthy eating New Year’s resolutions? Oh, yeah…about those. Not to worry. Homemade hummus dips are not only mind numbingly easy to create, they taste so darn good it’s hard to believe this tasty condiment is actually really good for you. Like really, really good.

Once considered an exotic food that was confined to the health section of grocery stores — if they even carried it — this tasty dip has made it’s way to the front of the line of condiments, including mayonnaise, ketchup, and other dressings that are high in fat, packed with sodium, yet fall short on flavor. Hummus on the other hand, is the exact opposite; bursting with flavor, chock full of protein and fiber, yet low in both sodium and fat.

There are a variety of hummus dip recipes out there, all of which can be catered to suit your individual taste as well as the taste of your guests. While some home chefs like to recreate flavors from their favorite condiments — think ranch hummus — others like to go bold, experimenting with unique flavor combinations such as sweet and spicy sriracha, honey habanero, basil or kale pesto, bacon and bleu cheese, horseradish or olive tapenade. The possibilities are endless!

Simply start out with your base, which includes cooked chickpeas (these can be canned or boiled fresh), fresh squeezed lemon juice, and fresh garlic. Some like to add a touch of extra virgin olive oil or tahini (ground sesame seeds) for a smoother consistency.

Next, add your flavor combination as a topping and voila; a healthy, flavorful, homemade dip that’s sure to please.

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