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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hummus repair, smoked oyster dip, crab dip

I make my own hummus, and found today that it was dry and grainy.

So I poured in some olive oil, and mixed it with my immersion mixer.

Now it's creamy, as hummus should be!

You can buy it in the store, but it's much cheaper to make your own.

All you need is chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini paste. Yes, tahini paste is important.

You can use canned chickpeas, or you can boil and drain dried chickpeas in a crock pot.

Put 2 parts chickpeas, 1 part tahini paste in a blender. Pour in olive oil until it's covered. Blend.

Then finish off with an immersion mixer, adding more olive oil if needed. That may not seem necessary, but it does improve consistency.

Hummus is usually served cold, but I've been known to warm it up on the stove.

Here's a recipe for smoked oyster dip: Canned smoked oysters, soft cream cheese, and worcestershire sauce in a blender.

And crab dip: Crab meat, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, soft cream cheese, and worcestershire sauce in a blender.

Needless to say, none of the above are cooked in cast iron, because they are not "cooked" at all.

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