Not Your Greek Friend’s Hummus

veggiesSometimes, when throwing a party, you have to just use what you have on hand. It might make for some delightfully unexpected goodness. Not to mention the pride you’ll feel for conjuring up a delicious dish out of thin air. I had some friends over this weekend for a little dinner get together. I already had several things prepared in anticipation for their arrival but soon realized it was all going very quickly. I needed a little extra appetizer fare so I started throwing everything I needed for hummus into the food processor.  A little lemon, garlic, tahini, and dill.  I went to grab some chickpeas and realized I was completely out.  Left without the main ingredient of the dish, I had to think quickly and figure out what could replace it. What I came up with ended up being the hit (even according to my Greek, discerning hummus-eating good friend) of the night and made some of the best hummus I’ve had in a long time.

Dinner parties can be so fun and often present unexpected challenges and force you to come up with creative solutions.  Have you had any experiences like this? Any great, last-minute, on-the-spot, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipes?  We want to hear them. Share them in the comments below!

Here’s the recipe I stumbled upon for some seriously delicious cauliflower hummus.

Not Your Greek Friend’s Hummus

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • salt to taste
  • garlic to taste
  • lemon to taste
  • dill
  • smoked and/or sweet paprika
  • 4 tablespoons or more of tahini

Chop up the caulilflower, place on baking sheet, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees until soft. Add garlic, lemon, tahini, dill, roasted cauliflower, and paprika to a food processor and blend. Add more lemon juice or olive oil until desired taste and consistency is reached. Enjoy with some fresh veggies, pita chips, or spread on a sandwich.

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