I really enjoy traditional hummus, but sometimes you want to dress it up and take it out dancing. Well, okay, you can't dance with a chickpea dish, but you can dress up the hummus for a party.
On the menu for my first catering gig, a 9-person book club meeting, I made this Edamame and Sweet Pepperdew Hummus dip. What's great about this hummus combo is that the edamame gives the dip some added texture, and combined with the sweet pepperdews produces an experience similar to a chunky cheese spread.
One of the vegan guests at the book club thought that the hummus had cheese in it which I took as a high compliment because it's not easy to replicate a cheese-like experience.
To make the dip even easier to make, I started by just buying a tub of traditional hummus at the store. No need to to start from literal scratch. We're all about fast & simple here at Noshtopia.
- 14oz. tub of Traditional hummus (your favorite brand)
- 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (I used organic. Frozen is cheaper, but you can use fresh. Trader Joe's has fresh ready to eat edamame)
- 8 Sweet Pepperdews (these are usually available in the olive bar in the deli section of a grocery store)
Let's get cooking:
- Soak the frozen edamame in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes. The instructions on the bag typically say to microwave the edamame to heat it up, but I try to nuke food as little as possible to retain as much of the nutrients. The warm bath is much friendlier to the edamame (in my opinion).
- Pour the tub of hummus into a mixing bowl.
- Take the pepperdews and put them in 3-cup food processor and grind them up until they are as fine as you can get. I ground the pepperdews for about a minute. Pour the ground pepperdews into the mixing bowl with the hummus.
- When the edamame is thawed, drain the water, and place the edamame into the 3-cup food processor and grind until it's fine chunky.
- Pour the ground edamame into the mixing bowl with the hummus and pepperdews. Mix all ingredients together until you get a nice even blend.
Pour the Edamame and Sweet Pepperdew Hummus dip into a pretty serving bowl, and compliment with pita bread, pita chips, vegetables, or crackers. Enjoy!